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June weather summary for Kansas: Summer arrives early

June made a quick turn-around in most of Kansas with regard to both temperature and precipitation. Only the Southwest Division averaged above normal in precipitation for the month. The June average precipitation in southwest Kansas was 5.14 inches, or 158 percent of normal. In contrast, the Northeast Division averaged just 0.98 inches, or 19 percent of normal. The statewide average was 2.53 inches, or 65 percent of normal. That places this June as the 23rd driest since 1896. The driest June on record occurred in 1911, when the statewide average total was just 0.68 inches. Despite the overall dry pattern, there were 32 new record daily rainfall totals. Of those, Cimarron’s daily record of 4.89 inches set on June 13th set a new monthly record as well. The greatest 24-hour total for a NWS station was 5.80 inches at Bentley, Sedgwick County, on the 16th. The greatest 24-hour total for a CoCoRaHS station was 6.13 inches at Halstead, Harvey County, also on the 16th.  Highest monthly totals: 9.79 inches at Winfield, Cowley County (NWS); 7.52 inches at Wichita, Sedgwick County (CoCoRaHS).

On the temperature side, June was the 10th warmest since 1896. The statewide average temperature was 77.5 degrees F. The Southwest Division was closest to normal for the month. The average was 76.7 degrees F, or 2.9 degrees warmer than normal. The warmest division was the East Central where average temperature was 78.4 degrees F, or 4.9 degrees warmer than normal. There were 61 new daily record high temperatures set. In addition there were 31 new record warm minimum temperatures. Of those, 4 set new record warm minimum temperatures for the month of June. Toronto Lake set a new record minimum of 78 degrees F on the 18th, then tied it again on the 23rd. The highest temperature recorded for the month was 106 degrees F, set at both Abilene, Dickinson County, and Salina, Saline County, on the 15th. The coldest temperature recorded for the month was 42 degrees F, reported at Brewster 4W in Thomas County on the 5th.

 

As the rainfall pattern decreased, there were also fewer severe weather reports. There were no tornadoes reported in June. There were 51 hail reports which were much fewer than the 223 reported in May. The most common severe weather report was damaging winds. There were 86 damaging wind reports in the month.

The dry month resulted in a return of abnormally dry conditions across much of the eastern third of the state. The last Drought Monitor issued in June had a little more than 20 percent of the state as abnormally dry. The precipitation outlook for June was for wetter an-average conditions, but that didn’t materialize. The July outlook is neutral on precipitation, with chances equally likely for above or below normal precipitation. Statewide, the outlook is for warmer-than-normal temperatures.

 

 

 

Jun 2016

Kansas Climate Division Summary

 

Precipitation (inches)

Temperature (oF)

 

Jun 2016

2016 Jan through June

 

 

Monthly Extremes

Division

Total

Dep. 1

% Normal

Total

Dep. 1

% Normal

Ave

Dep. 1

Max

Min

Northwest

1.19

-1.64

41

10.73

-0.04

99

75.3

4.1

105

42

West Central

2.33

-0.48

82

10.69

0.34

102

75.7

3.6

104

45

Southwest

5.14

1.95

158

12.96

2.91

127

76.7

2.9

102

46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Central

1.27

-2.56

33

14.66

0.63

104

78.1

4.5

104

50

Central

2.22

-1.85

57

14.98

-0.11

101

78.4

3.8

106

49

South Central

3.11

-1.63

68

15.53

-1.10

94

78.5

3.2

104

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northeast

0.98

-4.15

19

15.87

-1.68

90

77.8

4.7

104

50

East Central

1.68

-3.86

30

15.36

-4.00

78

78.4

4.8

105

53

Southeast

3.14

-2.74

53

16.96

-4.79

78

78.3

3.8

100

53

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATE

2.53

-1.70

65

14.26

-0.81

97

77.5

3.9

106

42

 

                 

 

1. Departure from 1981-2010 normal value

2. State Highest temperature: 106 oF at Abilene, Dickinson County, and Salina, Saline County on the 15th.

3. State Lowest temperature: 42 oF at Brewster, Thomas County, on the 5th.

4. Greatest 24hr  rainfall:  5.80 inches at Bentley 2E, Sedgwick County, on the 16th (NWS); 6.13 inches at Halstead 0.4 S, Harvey County, on the 16th (CoCoRaHS).

Source: KSU Weather Data Library

 

Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library
mknapp@ksu.edu