Winter can go away anytime soon and we just might be in luck! After a relatively chilly March, the cold continued well into April, although there were a few short stretches of mild and even hot weather across southwest Kansas. The average temperature for April at the Dodge City airport was 49.2 degrees which is 4.7 degrees below normal and is the 11th coldest April in recorded history at Dodge City. It is interesting that the average temperature for the first 27 days of the month was the third coldest on record while the final three days was the fifth warmest on record for April 28-30. There were six daily temperature records tied or broken during the month (3 minimum and 3 low maximum). In addition, the high of only 32 degrees on April 23 was the latest occurrence that the mercury failed to get above freezing with the previous record established on April 12, 1957 (and also April 12, 1881). The coldest reading observed at the airport was a bone chilling 16 degrees on the 16th and the highest reading was a hot 91 degrees observed on the 30th. The average high for the month was 63.6 degrees and the average low was 34.7.
Unfortunately precipitation at the Dodge City airport for April was below normal with only 0.88 inches measured. The normal is 1.82 inches. The total for the year was 2.52 inches which was 2.15 inches below normal. It snowed 7 times at the airport but there was only 0.2 inches measured, which is actually below the monthly normal of 1.1 inches. The seasonal total through April is 25.7 inches. There were also two episodes of freezing rain and sleet and both events were even accompanied by lightning and thunder, but amounts were generally light.
The average wind for the month at Dodge City was 14.2 MPH and once again was below normal. This is the 10th month in a row of below normal wind speeds. It is amazing that only 2 months out of the last 17 have been above average at Dodge City. The highest wind gust measured during April was 52 MPH on the 10th.