Winter Weather Awareness Day

Winter Weather Awareness Day is a day to remind us to think about what to do in case of winter weather and to prepare for the next several months. It can be the most dangerous if you're not prepared and take caution with 1,300 people killed and over 100,000 injured nationwide in crashes due to snowy or icy roads every year. Putting that in perspective there are only about 70 fatalities each year across the country due to tornadoes. Specifically in Kansas in 2008-2009 there were 14 road ice fatalities compared to just 2 tornado fatality.

Few facts about winter weather in Topeka:

The Five Snowiest Years
1. 47.9" (1911-1912)
2. 44.4" (1959-1960)
3. 43.2" (1992-1993)
4. 42.9" (1978-1979)
5. 42.5" (1914-1915)

The Five Coldest Winters
1. 20.4° (1978-1979)
2. 22.7° (1977-1978)
3. 24.3° (1904-1905)
4. 24.3° (1935-1936)
5. 24.6° (1917-1918)

Average Annual Snowfall: 17.8"
2012-2013 Snowfall: 29.6"
Least Annual Snowfall: 3.1" (2011-2012)
Normal Snowiest Month: December (5.2")
Greatest Monthly Amount: 27.1" in February 1900
Most Snowfall in 24 Hours: 18.7" February 27-28 1900
Average Number of Days with 1" or more: 5.9 days
Warmest Winter: 38.5° in 1991-1992
Coldest Temperature Last Winter: 1° February 23rd
Record Coldest Temperature: -26° on December 23rd 1989
Average Number of Days with lows colder than 32°: 114.1
Average Number of Days with lows colder than 0°: 5.4

Few facts about winter weather in Kansas:
Greatest Yearly Snowfall: 103.6" at McDonald in 1984
Greatest 24 hour snowfall: 30" at Pratt on March 28, 2009
Greatest Number of Days with snow on the ground: 152 days in Hays 1992-1993
The coldest temperature ever in Kansas was -40° at Lebanon on February 13, 1905

The Climate Prediction Center shows the winter months to be of equal chances for above, near, and below average temperatures and precipitation. This just means that there are no clear signals that would indicate it's going to be a cold and snowy or warm and dry winter. Remember it's an average over the 3 months of winter (December-February) so this doesn't mean there won't be cold snaps that lasts several days or that there won't be a major snowstorm or two.

For more winter safety information go to http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/index.shtml


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