Thursday, August 25, 2011

Weather links

In the last 2 days, I've had several requests for different kinds of weather information. I thought it might help to put some of these links together, for a little one-stop shopping.

This morning, a gentleman called looking for Wichita precipitation data. I directed him to the Wichita NWS Station data page. Also, check out the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). I'm a happy participant in this network, measuring precipitation at my house. Unfortunately, 2011 has been a very dry year. Here's the U.S. Drought Monitor page.

You want the latest on Hurricane Irene: go to the National Hurricane Center's page.

Are you looking for Earthquake data for the lower 48? Try the USGS site.

Want to keep track of Space "weather"? Go here.

I hope this information helps. Happy surfing!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Not the kind of record you want to break

From the National Weather Service in Dodge City:

"The temperature at Dodge City reached 100 degrees at 4:47 PM CDT on 16 August. This is the 43rd day that the temperature has reached or exceeded 100 degrees in 2011 and shatters the 1934 record (42 days) for the greatest number of 100 degree days observed in any year. Records in Dodge City date back to November 1874."

Medicine Lodge and Wichita also reached triple digits today, so now the total stands at 52 days and 42 days respectively.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

How long since....?

I had a friend ask me yesterday when Wichita last dropped below 70 degrees. Here's the answer: July 4th when the low was 68.

The next thing that immediately came to my mind was: how long has it been since Wichita had highs in the 80s? That would be June 28th, with a high of 88.

Even better, when was the last time Wichita had a high in the 70s? May 27th: the high was 79.

After several weeks of scorching heat, it sure is nice to see this pattern change. Expect highs in the 80s and 90s over the next week. It's still a little too early to say when those triple digits will return though.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Some nuggets for the water cooler

On this day 38 of triple digits in Wichita, Julie asked an interesting question on my Facebook account:

"just wondering, between the cold days this winter we had and the hot days this summer how many days have we broke records this year?"

After a little Fact Finder 12 investigation, I found the answer. Wichita has had 12 record highs and 2 record lows! (and I won't even bother with the record "warmest lows" and "coolest highs").

In all this heat, it may seem like a distant memory that we made it down to -17 on February 10th. By the way, that was only 5 degrees off our all-time record low (-22 on 2/12/1899). Now this summer, we've hit 111 three times, just 3 degrees off our all-time record high! (114 on 8/12/1936). If you're keeping score at home, that's a 128 degree difference.

Gotta love Kansas.