Topeka Climate Report for 2013

By: NWS (Posted by Doug Meyers)
By: NWS (Posted by Doug Meyers)

TEMPERATURES:

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE: 65.9° (-0.2)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE: 43.4° (-0.8)
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS: 54.7° (-0.4)
COLDEST: 1° ON FEBRUARY 23RD
HOTTEST: 105° ON JULY 9TH
DAYS WHERE THE HIGH WAS ABOVE 90: 53 (12)
DAYS WHERE THE HIGH WAS BELOW 32: 24 (3)
DAYS WHERE THE LOW WAS BELOW 32: 132 (21)
DAYS WHERE THE LOW WAS BELOW ZERO: 0 (-4)

PRECIPITATION
TOTAL PRECIPITATION: 34.01" (-2.45)
TOTAL SNOWFALL: 28.5" (10.7)
GREATEST SNOW DEPTH: 7" ON FEBRUARY 22ND
GREATEST 24 HOUR TOTAL: 9.8"
DAYS WITH 1" OF PRECIPITATION OR GREATER: 9 (-1)
DAYS WITH 1" OF SNOW OR GREATER: 8 (3)

*PARENTHESIS INDICATE DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL

2013 WAS A MUCH MORE TYPICAL YEAR WEATHER-WISE FOR TOPEKA THAN 2012. WHERE LAST YEAR WAS EXTREMELY WARM AND RATHER DRY...BOTH THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR AS WELL AS THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF PRECIPITATION WERE VERY CLOSE TO THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK OF MEASURED
WEATHER HISTORY FOR TOPEKA. WINTRY PRECIPITATION WAS A FAIRLY FREQUENT OCCURRENCE...WITH SNOW FALLING IN EIGHT OF THE TWELVE MONTHS OF THE YEAR.

VERY WARM TEMPERATURES WERE NOTABLE IN JANUARY. THE MERCURY HIT 77 DEGREES ON JANUARY 28. THIS NOT ONLY SET THE RECORD HIGH FOR THE DAY BUT WAS ALSO THE WARMEST DAY IN JANUARY ON RECORD. THE WARMING CONTINUED INTO JANUARY 29 WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 70 DEGREES
OCCURING JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT OF THAT DAY...WHICH ALSO BROKE THE RECORD HIGH FOR THAT DAY. HEAVY SNOW OF 9.8 INCHES FELL ON FEBRUARY 22...SETTING THE RECORD FOR THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL ON THAT DAY...AS WELL AS THE THIRD HIGHEST TOTAL FOR ANY DAY IN FEBRUARY AND THE
SIXTH HIGHEST OF ANY CALENDAR DAY. A FEW WINTER STORMS IN MARCH ACCUMULATED A TOTAL OF 7.9 INCHES OF SNOW THAT MONTH...WHICH WAS THE HIGHEST AMOUNT FOR MARCH SINCE 1961. NEARLY HALF AN INCH OF SNOW ACCUMULATED ON APRIL 23 AS SNOW AND SLEET FELL FOR MUCH OF THAT DAY.
THE PERIOD OF MAY 2 THROUGH MAY 4 WAS THE COLDEST THREE-DAY SPAN IN MAY ON RECORD...WITH TRACE AMOUNTS OF SNOW FALLING ON MAY 2 AND MAY 4. JUST OVER FIVE MONTHS LATER...SNOW RETURNED TO TOPEKA WITH TRACE
AMOUNTS OF SNOW AND ICE PELLETS FALLING ON OCTOBER 18. THE MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER WAS A BUSY PERIOD WEATHER-WISE. AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT SURGED SOUTH THROUGH TOPEKA AROUND MIDDAY OF NOVEMBER 11 CAUSING
TEMPERATURES TO FALL FROM LATE MORNING READINGS IN THE LOWER 60S TO THE UPPER 30S BY SUNSET...WITH WIND CHILLS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS NEAR DAWN OF THE 12TH. SOUTH WINDS GUSTED BETWEEN 30 AND 40 MPH FOR MUCH OF THE EARLY PORTIONS OF NOVEMBER 17...WITH SIMILAR SPEEDS FROM THE
WEST ON NOVEMBER 18 AS A POTENT STORM SYSTEM PASSED THROUGH THE PLAINS. THE WINDS ON THE 18TH CAUSED A FEW POWER LINES TO BE BLOW DOWN. TEMPERATURES STEADILY DROPPED THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER 21 WITH RAIN
AND DRIZZLE CHANGING TO FREEZING DRIZZLE AND FREEZING RAIN. MINOR ACCUMULATIONS OCCURED BUT SLICK ROADS AND A FEW POWER OUTAGES OCCURED.

DAILY RECORDS --

HIGH TEMPERATURES
JAN 19.....66 F
JAN 28.....77 F
JAN 29.....70 F
MAR 15.....87 F
MAY 14.....95 F TIED
JUL 9.....105 F
DEC 18.....68 F

LOW TEMPERATURES
APR 25.....32 F

WARMEST LOW
JAN 11.....46 F
JUL 9......80 F

COLDEST HIGH
APR 23.....40 F
MAY 2......43 F
JUL 27.....74 F

PRECIPITATION DAILY RECORDS
FEB 7....0.53 INCHES
JUL 29...1.34 INCHES
OCT 30...1.35 INCHES

SNOWFALL DAILY RECORDS
FEB 22....9.8 INCHES

MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES IN THE TOP 20 ON RECORD

APRIL......14TH COLDEST

MONTHLY PRECIPITATION IN THE TOP 20 ON RECORD

MAY........20TH WETTEST
NOVEMBER...18TH WETTEST

MONTHLY SNOWFALL IN THE TOP 20 ON RECORD --

FEBRUARY....9TH HIGHEST
MARCH......18TH HIGHEST

THUNDERSTORM-RELATED SEVERE WEATHER REPORTS --

WIND
MAY 18...TREE BRANCHES AND POWER LINES BLOWN DOWN
MAY 19...61 MPH WIND MEASURED AT FORBES FIELD
JUN 18...WIND DAMAGE IN NORTH TOPEKA

HAIL
MAY 31...2.25 INCH HAIL


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