New Warmest 12-Month Period for Topeka

May of 2012 continued the recent prolonged warm period in Topeka.  The average temperature for May was the second-warmest on record.  This comes on the heels of an above normal April, a record warm March, and the second-warmest winter and third-warmest summer seasons on record.  The most recent 12-complete month period is the wamest such period to have been measured.  Weather records for Topeka begin in June of 1887. 

 

Top 10 Warmest Consecutive 12-Month Periods for Topeka
Rank Period Temperature Departure from Normal (°F)
   Warmest   June 2011 - May 2012
 +5.0
  2nd Warmest    
  May 2011 - April 2012
 +4.5
  3rd Warmest
  September 1933 - August 1934
 +4.3
   4th Warmest (tie)
  February 1938 - January 1939
 +4.2
   4th Warmest (tie)
  April 2011 - March 2012
 +4.2
   6th Warmest (tie)
  April 1934 - March 1935
 +4.1
   6th Warmest (tie)
  December 1933 - November 1934  
 +4.1
   8th Warmest   November 1933 - October 1934
 +4.0
   9th Warmest   August 1938 - July 1939
 +3.8
 10th Warmest (tie) 
  January 1938 - December 1938
 +3.7
 10th Warmest (tie)
  May 1934 - April 1935
 +3.7

 10th Warmest (tie)

  August 1933 - July 1934
 +3.7

 

 

At Concordia, where weather records date back to May of 1885, the most recent 12-month period is the 11th warmest to have been measured. 

 

The extreme warmth during the spring months has lead to Topeka, Concordia, and many other nearby locations in the Plains to achieve their warmest spring on record

 

The National Weather Service's Climate Precidiction Center indicates a cool June is not expected, forecasting a 50 percent chance that tempertures will be above normal.

 

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/30day/off15_temp.gif

 

 

 

 



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