January Weather in Review: Topeka

CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
856 AM CST FRI FEB 1 2008

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...THE TOPEKA CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2008...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1971 TO 2000
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1887 TO 2008

WEATHER OBSERVED NORMAL DEPART LAST YEAR`S
VALUE DATE(S) VALUE FROM VALUE DATE(S)
NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
HIGH 74 01/08/2003
01/08/2003
01/02/1939
LOW -23 01/19/1892
HIGHEST 62 01/28 39 23 66
LOWEST -6 01/19 16 -22 1
AVG. MAXIMUM 39.4 37.2 2.2 39.0
AVG. MINIMUM 17.9 17.2 0.7 19.8
MEAN 28.7 27.2 1.5 29.4
DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0
DAYS MAX <= 32 8 10.6 -2.6 10
DAYS MIN <= 32 27 28.9 -1.9 29
DAYS MIN <= 0 2 3.3 -1.3 0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
MAXIMUM 5.24 1949
MINIMUM 0.00 1986
TOTALS 0.65 0.95 -0.30 0.67
DAILY AVG. 0.02 0.03 -0.01 0.02
DAYS >= .01 6 6.2 -0.2 6
DAYS >= .10 3 2.4 0.6 2
DAYS >= .50 0 0.5 -0.5 0
DAYS >= 1.00 0 0.1 -0.1 0
GREATEST
24 HR. TOTAL 0.36 01/16 TO 01/17 0.30

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
TOTAL 23.0 1993
TOTALS 4.7 6.2 -1.5 4.9
SINCE 7/1 22.0 12.6 9.4 5.4
SNOWDEPTH AVG. 1 1 0 0
DAYS >= 1.0 2 1.9 0.1 1
GREATEST
SNOW DEPTH 4 01/17 3 01/21
24 HR TOTAL 4.1 01/16 TO 01/17 2.5

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL 1118 1174 -56 1097
SINCE 7/1 3034 3231 -197 2860
COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0
SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED 8.3
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 31/330 DATE 01/29
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 41/320 DATE 01/29

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) 71

NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 23
NUMBER OF DAYS PC 7
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 1

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 66

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM 0 MIXED PRECIP 0
HEAVY RAIN 0 RAIN 1
LIGHT RAIN 5 FREEZING RAIN 0
LT FREEZING RAIN 0 HAIL 0
HEAVY SNOW 1 SNOW 4
LIGHT SNOW 9 SLEET 0
FOG 9 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 2
HAZE 10

- INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

REMARKS...

TEMPERATURES WERE SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE MONTH WITH
PRECIPITATION SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL...BUT THESE VALUES FOR ARE BOTH
NEAR THE MEDIAN OF VALUES RECORDED IN THE PAST 121 JANUARIES ON
RECORD. CHARACTERIZING TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH AS TYPICAL IS NOT
COMPLETELY ACCURATE HOWEVER AS SEVERAL SHORT AND LONG TERM WARM AND
COLD SPELLS OCCURED. IN FACT...DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES AVERAGED TO
CHANGE 9.6 DEGREES EACH DAY. LONGER LASTING TEMPERATURE REGIMES WERE
PREVALENT MUCH OF THE BEGINNING AND MIDDLE OF THE MONTH...WITH WELL
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR MUCH OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH
AND WELL BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES OVER THE MAJORITY OF THE
FOLLOWING WEEK AS A MORE TYPICAL WINTRY PATTERN DEVELOPED. THIS
TRANSITION WAS MARKED BY A STRONG COLD FRONT THAT PUSHED THROUGH
LATE ON THE 16TH AND PRODUCED A FEW INCHES OF SNOW ON THE 16TH AND
17TH. THE MOST NOTICEABLE CHANGE IN TEMPERATURES HAPPENED ON THE
28TH AND 29TH. WARM AND STRONG SOUTH WINDS BROUGHT TEMPERATURES INTO
THE 60S ON THE 28TH...WITH THE MERCURY ONLY FALLING TO 46 DEGREES
THAT DAY...WHICH SET A RECORD FOR THE WARMEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF
THAT DATE. A POTENT COLD FRONT SLAMMED THROUGH EARLY ON THE 29TH AND
USHERED IN MUCH COLDER TEMPERATURES. AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES ON THAT
DAY WERE AROUND 40 DEGREES COLDER THAN THOSE OF THE 28TH...WITH WIND
CHILLS MAKING TEMPERATURES FEEL ALMOST 60 DEGREES COLDER.


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