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Wind Advisory

Statement as of 11:09 AM CST on February 01, 2015

Expires 7:00 PM EST on February 01, 2015


... Wind Advisory remains in effect until 6 PM CST this evening...

* timing... strong northwest winds will prevail into the evening
hours across the region.

* Winds... northwest 30 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

* Impacts... include difficult travel for high profile vehicles
due to the sudden and strong wind gusts.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of at least 30 mph
and/or wind gusts over 45 mph are expected. Winds this strong
can make driving difficult... especially for high profile
vehicles. Use extra caution.




Public Information Statement

Statement as of 2:28 PM CST on February 01, 2015


... A slick and bitterly cold start to the New Year... although
temperatures warmed well above normal the 2nd half of January...

2014 signed off with the invasion of an Arctic airmass that made
its presence felt thru January 2nd. The shallow Arctic airmass
played a vital role in the first shot of wintry
precipitation... initially in the form of freezing drizzle... across
south-central and southeast Kansas on the 1st. A Winter Weather
Advisory was issued for these areas from in the evening of the 1st
until late in the morning of the 2nd. Although ice accumulations
were minor... roads and highways were still quite slick.

A reinforcing shot of Arctic air invaded the neighborhood on the
3rd and 4th and would play a vital role in the spreading light to
moderate snow across central and south-central Kansas... where 2 to
5 inch accumulations would occur by midday on the 4th. Oddly
enough... it would be the last measurable snowfall for the rest of
the month. Another shot of Arctic air surged south across the
region on the 7th. The associated Arctic high pressure area was so
strong... near- record high surface pressures were recorded across
the region. Weather equipment at Wichita eisenhower National
Airport recorded a pressure of 1053.1 millibars around 11 am on
the 7th... its 3rd highest recorded pressure since 1980.

Around the Midway Point... weather more typical of Spring arrived
as strong high pressure ridges traversing the Great Plains would
get pushed east by low pressure centers strengthening over the
west and northwest plains. This would enable westerly winds to
dominate the region for much of the remainder of January. With the
predominantly "downslope" flow spreading drier air across
Kansas... temperatures soared to the point that several high
temperatures records were set or tied. Wichita reached at least 60
degrees 8 days during the month... which tied 1967 for the 2nd
highest number of 60+ degree days for January since 1889.

The records that were set or tied... and their respective
dates... are listed below. Many of these daily records were also
some of the warmest January temperatures ever experienced for that
particular site.

              New record old record
wichita:
January 18th: 65 65 in 1901 (tied)
January 19th: 73 70 in 1904
January 26th: 74 69 in 1953
January 27th: 73 69 in 2013

Salina:
January 26th: 71 70 in 1951
January 27th: 75 68 in 1934
January 28th: 74 74 in 2013 (tied)

Chanute:
January 28th: 75 75 in 2013 (tied)

Russell:
January 16th: 63 62 in 1986
January 27th: 83! 65 in 2002

As one can easily tell... the most dramatic temperature record
this month occurred on the 27th when temperatures at Russell
soared like f15 eagles. The 83 degree high roasted the mark of 65
set in 2002 by an amazing 18 degrees!


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