February 2013 Weather Summary for Dodge City

February 2013 will be noted for two severe winter storms that impacted a large part of southwest Kansas. The first storm brought very heavy snow February 20th through the 21st. Amounts in excess of six inches fell from Scott City through Hugoton and points east. Amounts in excess of a foot were noted generally east of US HWY 283 including Dodge City. There were reports of 15 inches in southeast Ford county and not too far away there were reports of over 20 inches in Rush and Ellis counties! Another vigorous storm arrived late on the 24th and brought blizzard conditions. The heaviest snow with this storm however was farther south and east. The snow that fell with both storms was reasonably wet so that the liquid content of the melted snow was generous. Officially at the airport the National Weather Service reported 14.3 inches of snow for February and 0.90 inches of moisture which is 0.22 inches above normal. However, most reports from around the Dodge City area reported 1.25 inches to 1.75 inches of moisture in the snow. The 14.3 inches of snow at the airport tied for the 7th snowiest February on record at Dodge City. The snowiest February occurred in 1903 when 27.7 inches was measured and the last time more snow fell than this month was in 1993 when 19.6 inches was reported. For the season there has been 23.4 inches of snow and this is above the normal seasonal amount of 21.1 inches. Temperatures did vary quite a bit this February at Dodge City. The warmest reading was observed on the 17th when the mercury rose to 70 degrees. Just 5 days later the mercury fell to 3 degrees on the 22nd. The average for the month was 33.8 degrees which is 2.1 degrees below normal. The average high temperature was 47 degrees and the average low was 20.6 degrees. The average wind for February was 12.9 MPH and was once again below the climatological normal. The highest wind gust was 54 MPH from the northwest on 10th.

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