It Was a Warm and Dry September 2010 at Dodge City

September 2010 was one of the driest on record for the Dodge City Regional Airport.  Only 0.16 inches of precipitation fell, which was 1.54 inches below normal.  That total occurred on the 23rd.  This was the 12th driest September with records dating back to 1874.  For the year, Dodge City was still above normal.  The total precipitation since January 1st was 22.52 inches, which was 3.40 inches above normal.  

Temperatures were also well above normal making this tied for the 20th warmest September on record.  The average was 72.6 degrees and was 3.3 degrees above normal.  The average high was 88.5 degrees and the average low was 56.7 degrees.  The warmest temperature was 102 degrees on the 5th and the coolest was 40 degrees on the 26th.  No records were set during the month.

The average wind speed was 12.4 mph.  The highest wind gust was 48 mph from the south on the 20th.


It turned out warm and dry across much of the area in September.  Rainfall was prevalent along the I-70 corridor and spotty elsewhere.  The majority of southwest Kansas was dry. 


Estimated precipitation for September

Estimated precipitation anomaly


Precipitation was only 0.16" at the Dodge City airport making this September the 12th driest on record.

Top 20 driest Septembers on record for Dodge City

It was also quite warm.  At Dodge City, the average daily temperature for the month made this September one of the 20th warmest on record (tied with September 1914).

Top 20 warmest Septembers at Dodge City

Despite a wet summer, it was also a very dry August and September combined at Dodge City.  It was the 13th driest August and Septembers combined at the Dodge City airport.

Dry August and September combined

Jeff Hutton

Warning Coordination Meteorologist

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