2011 was notable for a snowy beginning, a hot and dry middle, and a wet end. The total snowfall measured was the fifth highest amount in the 124 complete years of data on record for Topeka. The summer season was the third hottest, only cooler than the Dust Bowl years of 1934 and 1936. The total precipitation that fell in November and December was the third highest measured for this period. This precipitation helped push the year's total to near the middle of the rankings in annual precipitation.