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June weather summary for Kansas: Rain returns

Much of Kansas was wetter than normal in June. Statewide, the average precipitation was 7.25 inches, which places it as the fifth wettest June since 1890. All divisions averaged wetter than normal, but distribution wasn’t evenly spread even within the divisions. The West Central Division had the biggest departure from normal. The West Central Division had an average precipitation of 7.99 inches, which is 280 percent of normal. The Northeast Division was closest to normal with an average of 6.44 inches, or 130 percent of normal. In the Southwest, the extreme western counties continue to miss out on the major precipitation events. In Hamilton County, totals ranged from just over an inch near Kendall to almost 6 inches north of Syracuse. The greatest daily precipitation reported was 7.20 inches at Mullinville in Kiowa County on June 2.

The statewide average temperature for the month was very close to normal, at 75.4 degrees F, or just 0.2 degrees warmer than normal. The warmest reading reported was 104 degrees on the 18th at Lakin. Only two new daily maximum temperature records were set, both in western Kansas. There were 15 record low maximum temperatures recorded. On the cold side of temperatures, there were 23 new daily high minimum temperature records set, and three record low minimum readings set.

 

Drought conditions persist across the state. Only a tiny sliver of extreme Northeastern KS is in near-normal conditions. However, the area of extreme drought has been reduced, particularly in Central and South Central Kansas. There was a small increase in extreme drought in extreme southwestern Kansas, where rainfall was more limited. Nearly 45 percent of the state is now in extreme drought conditions and an additional 29 percent of the state is in severe drought. The wet June, and the neutral outlook for July, gives some hope that conditions will continue to improve. The El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is expected to switch to an El Niño event by late summer, but it remains to be seen what impact will be felt. The July temperature outlook is neutral statewide, with an increased chance of cooler-than-normal temperatures in the desert Southwest through Colorado. The precipitation outlook is also neutral, with equal chance of above- or below-normal precipitation for July. This does not indicate how that moisture might be distributed, and means heavy rains or extended dry periods are both possible.

Percent Change in Drought Monitor Conditions in Kansas

 

from end of May to end of June, 2014

 
               

Week

Nothing

D0                (abnormally dry)

D1 (moderate)

D2 (severe)

D3 (extreme)

D4 (exceptional)

 
 

1-Jul-14

0.2

13.5

39.2

34.5

12.6

0.0

 

27-May-14

0.0

1.2

18.0

32.5

45.2

3.1

 

Improvement

0.2

12.4

21.2

2.0

-32.6

-3.1

 

 

 

 

 

June 2014

Kansas Climate Division Summary

 

Precipitation (inches)

Temperature (oF)

 

June 204

2014 Jan through June

 

 

Monthly Extremes

Division

Total

Dep. 1

% Normal

Total

Dep. 1

% Normal

Ave

Dep. 1

Max

Min

Northwest

4.96

2.13

176

8.83

-1.84

82

70.4

-0.5

101

41

West Central

7.99

5.18

280

10.54

0.29

100

71.8

0.1

101

41

Southwest

6.19

2.98

186

8.27

-1.69

80

74.4

1.1

103

46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Central

6.44

2.61

171

11.34

-2.56

81

73.7

0.4

99

47

Central

8.81

4.73

221

13.64

-1.33

91

74.6

0.2

100

48

South Central

8.31

3.52

174

12.58

-3.92

76

74.9

-0.1

95

51

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northeast

6.44

1.30

130

13.83

-3.56

80

73.7

0.8

94

46

East Central

7.43

1.85

133

14.21

-5.00

73

73.6

0.3

94

50

Southeast

8.12

2.18

136

15.04

-6.56

69

74.0

-0.2

92

51

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATE

7.25

2.99

178

11.96

-2.98

80

73.5

0.2

103

41

 

                 

 

1. Departure from 1981-2010 normal value

Source: KSU Weather Data Library

 

Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library
mknapp@ksu.edu