Excessive Heat Breaks Across Southwest Kansas

As a cold front moved through southwest Kansas Thursday night and Friday morning, the week long stretch of hot days came to end that began on July 13th and ended July 20th.  The Dodge City Regional Airport reached 102 degrees on the 13th, dropped to 98 and 99 degrees the next two days, and went back up to 102 degrees on the 16th.  From the 17th to the 20th, high temperatures were 105, 106, 106 and 106, respectively.  That four day stretch of at least at 105 degrees was the longest since 1980, when there were 12 straight days of at least 106 degrees from July 9th to July 20th.  From August 6-10 1937, there were 5 straight days of at least 105 degree temperatures, and from August 10-14 1936, there were 5 straight days of at least 106 degree temperatures.  Going all the way back to 1874 when records began in Dodge City, so far 2006 has had the 4th longest string of 105 degree temperatures at four. 

Almost all of southwest Kansas experienced high temperatures of at least  105 degrees.   The Medicine Lodge Airport went four straight days of 109 degrees, and eight straights days of at least 103.   

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