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Kansas weather: December recap and January outlook

December is on track to end wetter and warmer than normal. Temperatures through the 21st of December are averaging 4.2 degrees F warmer than normal. With the precipitation received last week, the statewide average through the 21st is 1.06 inches, or 142 percent of normal. Only the North Central and West Central divisions are below normal. The North Central Division has averaged 0.52 inches for the month-to-date, or 77 percent of normal. The West Central Division has averaged 0.36 inches, or 88 percent of normal.

 

 

 Kansas Climate Divisions

                         

12/22/2014

Precipitation Summary (in)  

 Temperature Summary

                     

21-Day Summary ending on 12/21/14

 21-Day Summary ending on 12/21/14

                        

 (Percent of Normal)

Degrees Fahrenheit 

 

Dec 1 - Dec 21

Jan 1 - Dec 21

 

Divisions

Actual

Dep.

%

Actual

Dep.

%

Avg

Dep.

High

Date

Low

Date

Northwest

0.58

0.19

155

16.63

-4.55

78

33.8

4.2

71

3

3

2

West Central

0.36

-0.05

88

19.67

-0.88

94

35.8

4.7

74

3

5

2

Southwest

0.87

0.43

186

18.15

-1.53

91

38.5

5.2

70

14

6

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Central

0.52

-0.12

77

22.67

-5.1

81

34.3

4.1

65

6

9

2

Central

1.20

0.53

175

25.9

-3.13

89

36.1

3.9

64

5

10

2

South Central

1.20

0.40

152

25.24

-5.76

81

38.2

4.1

63

15

5

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northeast

1.13

0.23

123

28.75

-5.93

82

34.9

4.0

60

15

9

2

East Central

1.77

0.74

168

27.63

-9.92

72

36.0

3.4

63

15

10

2

Southeast

1.76

0.45

135

31.25

-9.74

75

39.0

3.9

67

1

14

2

Statewide

1.06

0.32

142

23.93

-5.16

82

36.3

4.2

74

3rd

3

2nd

 

The Climate Prediction Center’s January Outlook calls for a shift in patterns. The outlook is for an increased chance of cooler-than-normal temperatures.

       

                       

For moisture, the outlook is for increased chances of above-normal precipitation across the southern portions of the state.

 

 

                                 

 

Of course, these are just outlooks and are for the entire month.  It doesn’t indicate how great the departures might be nor eliminate the possibility of warmer and drier conditions.

 

Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library
mknapp@ksu.edu