Wichita, Kansas Measures May Monthly High Temperature of 102°

By: Christopher C. Burt , 7:19 PM GMT on May 05, 2014

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Wichita, Kansas Measures May Monthly High Temperature of 102°

On Sunday, May 4th, the temperature peaked at 102° at Wichita’s official NWS site Mid-Continent International Airport. Not only was this the hottest temperature ever measured during the month of May (previous record was 100° set on four different occasions) but was the earliest 100° reading on record (previous was May 9, 2011) and hottest reading so early in the season by a whole month: since June 4, 1933 when 102° was also observed. The city is off to its 2nd driest start of the year on record as well. Temperature and precipitation records for Wichita date back to 1888.

Another remarkable fact is that just two days previously, on May 2nd, the temperature fell to 35°, only 2° shy of the daily record low temperature of 33° set in 2005. Russell, Kansas did break its daily record with a chilly 28° and Wichita Falls, Texas broke its all-time monthly low for May with a 35° reading (previous record 36° on three previous occasions). Then it broke its daily record high on May 4th with 99° (previous record 98° in 2012). Oklahoma City also had a daily record high on May 4th with a 97° reading (previous record 93° in 1955). Temperatures peaked in Oklahoma at 101° in Gage and Frederick and 103° in Kansas at Medicine Lodge—this was the hottest temperature in the nation yesterday (May 4th) outside of Death Valley (where it was 107°). Other cities in the region breaking daily record highs on May 4th included Amarillo, Texas with 97° (old record 96° in 1947), Garden City, Kansas with 97° (previous record 94° in 2012) and Dodge City, Kansas with 98° (previous record 92° in 2012). Dodge City also saw a daily record high of 91° on May 3rd, just a day after the temperature was 30° (on May 2nd), only 2° from the daily record low of 28° set in 1967.



A shocking turn around in temperature for Dodge City, Kansas these first few days of May: from 30° on May 2nd to daily record highs of 91° on May 3rd and 98° on May 4th. NWS-Dodge City.

The year is also observing an ominously dry start in the Southern Plains. Wichita, Kansas is off to its driest start to the year since the Dust Bowl year of 1936, and if no rain falls by May 8th, it will be THE driest start to the year since records began in 1888.



Wichita is off to a dry start this year as the above graphic from NWS-Wichita illustrates.

Drought conditions are worsening over a wide portion of the southern Plains, especially in Texas, as the latest drought monitor report (issued on May 1st) shows:





U.S. Drought Monitor report for May 1st (top map) and change in drought categories over the past two months (bottom map) Both maps NCDC and National Drought Mitigation Center.

Christopher C. Burt
Weather Historian

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15. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
7:45 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
weatherhistorian has created a new entry.
14. ColoradoBob1
8:48 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
Quoting 13. ColoradoBob1:

Climatologist: Oklahoma is Burning. USDA Issues Dust Bowl Alert

This sudden, extreme and profound heat prompted Gary McManus, Oklahoma’s state climatologist to write: “Oklahoma is burning, both literally and figuratively, as a combination of drought, record heat, high winds and low relative humidity created the perfect wildfire conditions yesterday,” in the Oklahoma Climatological Survey’s online Ticker.

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Globally, droughts continue to impact a number of the world’s previously most productive agricultural regions. In particular, both Brazil and India are currently suffering from extreme heat and/or drought. Argentina, one of the world’s top wheat producers is also hard-hit. Another one of the world’s largest grain exporters — the Ukraine — has recently been destabilized by a series of ills including east-west geopolitical tensions, internal division, and by Russian invasion. In this context, it is also worth noting that drought, fire, and flood have reduced Russian wheat production from 61 million tons in 2009 along a declining scale to 38 million tons in 2012.

Damages and risks to US crops are, therefore, not simply a national phenomena, but part of a much larger global context of ongoing and increasing crop damage due to extreme weather set off by human-caused climate change.
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13. ColoradoBob1
8:43 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
Climatologist: Oklahoma is Burning. USDA Issues Dust Bowl Alert

This sudden, extreme and profound heat prompted Gary McManus, Oklahoma’s state climatologist to write: “Oklahoma is burning, both literally and figuratively, as a combination of drought, record heat, high winds and low relative humidity created the perfect wildfire conditions yesterday,” in the Oklahoma Climatological Survey’s online Ticker.

Link
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12. LongIslandBeaches
6:24 PM GMT on May 06, 2014



Drought Monitor from this period last year (2013).
Kansas looks remarkably similar to me... I wonder if the recent record breaking heat is going to affect any changes.  I also seem to recall seeing models forecast over an inch of precipitation for that area in the coming week.

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11. Neapolitan
4:53 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
Quoting 5. Skeptic33:

Assuming El Nino develops during the summer and keeps going on into fall/winter/spring, it will pretty much wipe out drought conditions in SW USA like we usually see.

That is based on various factors such as PDO, AMO, sun activity, etc over such a long period of time.

CO2 has nothing to do with this when it is that weak of a role of anything except for better plant growth.

You're just cherry picking data. Show us other temps at stations around those temps... Urban Island effect..


Nice try! No, wait: urban heat island effect? I take it back; that's a lousy try. A terrible one. No, the the denialati are going to have to dig deeper and hope to come up with something better than silliness that's been debunked no fewer than about a million times...
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10. ColoradoBob1
3:03 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
CO2 has nothing to do with this when it is that weak of a role of anything except for better plant growth.

See Venus , largely a CO2 atmosphere , 900F degrees , zero airports.
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9. maxcrc
11:41 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
Quoting 3. Skeptic33:

It was at the airport, not exactly best place considering strong effect from urban island setting. Lots of concrete around it.


If it's in downtown, it's not good, if it is at the airport, it isn't either. Will you place your weather station inside a doline in corn field so to match your new-ice-age theories ?
When records cold are beaten at some airport stations (which sometimes are 5-10F colder than the cities) nobody complains....you folk come out just to dismiss without valid argument every single hot event. Cold records, even when taken in not representative dolines or sinkholes are instead amplified like they were the armageddon....
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8. maxcrc
11:36 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
Quoting 6. BaltimoreBrian:

Oh please. The wind at Wichita airport was strong out of the south and southwest when the record was set. There was no urban heat island effect, with the airport at the southwestern edge of the metro. The wind was gusting to 40 mph for crying out loud!


It's someone else who cherry-picks excuses and the few scattered cold events (make them bigger than what they are actually are) to dismiss the GW and follow the fashion delirium of the new ice age , which is indeed a good business for some folk who are getting rich with their blogs full of XXXX (censored).
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7. Christopher C. Burt , Weather Historian
3:44 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
That is wishful thinking! I hope you are right.

RE: Urban Island effect. That argument was put to bed years ago. I will not bother to comment further on that.

Quoting 5. Skeptic33:

Assuming El Nino develops during the summer and keeps going on into fall/winter/spring, it will pretty much wipe out drought conditions in SW USA like we usually see.

That is based on various factors such as PDO, AMO, sun activity, etc over such a long period of time.

CO2 has nothing to do with this when it is that weak of a role of anything except for better plant growth.

You're just cherry picking data. Show us other temps at stations around those temps... Urban Island effect..
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6. BaltimoreBrian
3:28 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
Oh please. The wind at Wichita airport was strong out of the south and southwest when the record was set. There was no urban heat island effect, with the airport at the southwestern edge of the metro. The wind was gusting to 40 mph for crying out loud!
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5. Skeptic33
11:39 PM GMT on May 05, 2014
Assuming El Nino develops during the summer and keeps going on into fall/winter/spring, it will pretty much wipe out drought conditions in SW USA like we usually see.

That is based on various factors such as PDO, AMO, sun activity, etc over such a long period of time.

CO2 has nothing to do with this when it is that weak of a role of anything except for better plant growth.

You're just cherry picking data. Show us other temps at stations around those temps... Urban Island effect..
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4. DonnieBwkGA
9:17 PM GMT on May 05, 2014
The airport is located to the southwest of the city. Almost all cities have their weather observations taken at airports.
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3. Skeptic33
9:13 PM GMT on May 05, 2014
It was at the airport, not exactly best place considering strong effect from urban island setting. Lots of concrete around it.
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2. cedar13
7:38 PM GMT on May 05, 2014
In contrast MSP had its 2nd wettest April with 6.27". Four out of six of the top wettest April's have occurred since 2001 (2013 was the sixth wettest).
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1. robsobs
7:34 PM GMT on May 05, 2014
Amazing early season heat. Very unusual to set an all time monthly high temperature record at the beginning of a spring month. Goes to show how unseasonably early this heat is..
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Christopher C. Burt is the author of 'Extreme Weather; A Guide and Record Book'. He studied meteorology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.