2009 Year in Review

2009 Year in Review

How did 2009 shape up in comparison to previous years?  Temperatures for 2009 averaged to be very near normal, though it was the 19th wettest year in the nearly 125 years of data on record for Topeka.  Snowfall was just a few inches above normal.  This information masks many interesting events of the year however.

The year started off on the warm and dry side.  January and February together were the seventh driest such period on record.  Four records for warm readings were set over a 10-day period from late January to early February.  A wetter regime began to take shape in March and April, including wintry precipitation in the form of snow, sleet, and freezing rain from March 26 through March 28 and light snow again on April 2 and April 5.  Precipitation for the March and April two-month period was the fourth wettest on record.  May reverted back to dry conditions as the 7th driest May observed, while June swung back to the wet side as the 14th wettest on record.  June ended rather hot, with heat indices reaching around 105 degrees and temperatures only falling into the middle 70s from the 22nd through the 27th, but July saw the opposite side with cool conditions.  High temperatures only surpassed 90 degrees on two occasions that month, and records for the lowest temperature were tied for three consecutive days in the middle of the month.  The average temperature for July 2009 was the seventh coldest observed.  Rainfall just shy of three inches fell on July 28th, pushing the June and July period to be the 11th wettest such period.  September was rather foggy, with persistent light winds helping dense fog to develop on 13 days of that month.  The early and middle portions of October were quite cold.  In fact, average temperatures from October 1 through October 15 were the coldest on record for this period, breaking the previous coldest such stretch by four degrees.  High temperatures for the middle of that month were more typical of those experienced in mid-December.  The cool July and cold October pushed the four-month period from July to October 2009 to be the second coldest period ever recorded.  November reversed this cold spell however, and was the ninth warmest such month observed.  This warmth contributed to the first hard freeze of the fall being delayed until November 26, which ties for the latest on record.  December was cold again though, the 18th coldest observed, but will be remembered for its snowfall.  It was the snowiest December on record, including over 11 inches of snow and near blizzard conditions during a long-lived winter storm from the 23rd through the 27th.


Daily Records

Highest Maximum

Jan 31...73F

Feb 6....71F (tied)

Feb 7....71F

Mar 5....86

Lowest Minimum

Jul 17...57F (tied)

Jul 18...56F (tied)

Jul 19...57F (tied)


Highest Minimum

Feb 9....48F

Mar 5....56F (tied)

Apr 24...69F


Lowest Maximum

Mar 28...35F

Oct 10...40F

Oct 11...42F

Oct 13...45F (tied)

Oct 15...51F



Mar 8....0.64"

Jul 28...2.99"

Aug 17...2.63"



Dec 8....5.0"

Dec 25...4.1"



Monthly Average Temperatures in the Top 20 on Record:

February...19th Warmest
July.......8th Coldest
August.....17th Coldest
October....4th Coldest
November...9th Warmest
December...18th Coldest

Monthly Precipitation in the Top 20 on Record:

January...14th Driest
March.....8th Wettest
April.....6th wettest
May.......7th Driest
June......14th Wettest
July......14th Wettest














Severe Weather Reports in and near Topeka:


Mar 24...Penny Size Hail
Apr 26...Penny Size Hail
Jul 28...1" Hail


Feb 9....51MPH Gust at Billard Airport, Minor Tree and Property Damage
Mar 23...58MPH Gust at Billard Airport, 64mph Gust at Forbes Field, Semi Truck Blown Over on Interstate 70, Numerous Power Outages
Jul 27...Estimated 65-70MPH, Large Trees Downed


Apr 26...Flash Flooding with Rainfall of 2.53"


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