April 2014 for Topeka
April was pretty close to average despite a cool start to the month. The first 8 days of the month consisted of 3 days in the 50s with 65 being the warmest averaging out to 4° below average. The coldest day was 48° on the 14th which produced an average high temperature the first half of the month to 64.7° which was still above average from 2013 (62.3°). The 2nd half of the month was warmer with an average high of 71.3° which was much warmer than the final 15 days of April in 2013 (62°). The average temperature was exactly what it should be for the 30 year average at 55.1° Compare that to last year it was 50.6° (4.5° below average).
Precipitation came pretty close to average with a total of 3.45" falling. 0.99" fell on the 13th while 1.33" fell on the 24th. Snow also fell on the 14th accumulating to 0.1" which is a record for the date. Comparing precipitation to April 2013 where 3.12" fell (0.41" below average) there was 0.3" of snow last April. Although April gave us pretty close to average for precipitation, for the year Topeka is still a little over 2.25" below average.
REMARKS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...
APRIL AVERAGED OUT TO BE EXTREMELY CLOSE TO NORMAL FOR BOTH TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION.
THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON OF THE 13TH AND PRODUCED BRIEF HEAVY RAINS THAT CAUSE SOME MINOR STREET FLOODING AS WELL AS HAIL UP TO AN INCH IN DIAMETER. BEHIND THE FRONT THAT SPARKED THE THUNDERSTORMS...MUCH COLDER AIR MOVED IN AND LIGHT SNOW FELL IN THE OVERNIGHT AND EARLY MORNING HOURS. 0.1 INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATED...WHICH BROKE THE RECORD FOR SNOWFALL FOR APRIL 14.
STRONG THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING OF APRIL 27TH PRODUCED MEASURED WINDS OF 55 MPH AT BILLARD AIRPORT AND CAUSED SPOTTY TREE DAMAGE IN THE CITY.
*All observations are taken from Topeka's Billard Airport