If we know anything about the weather across Northeast Kansas, it’s that we don’t really know anything about it. I’m kidding, but not really. Take the past month or so, as an example. It was stormy and cool in bit August. Then, it was hot and dry for a few weeks. Fast-forward into this past weekend and we couldn’t have asked for a better transition into fall. Cool nights and highs in the 70s with a crisp breeze in the air tends to make us crave things like apple cider and pumpkin-flavored goodies. But has the weather been “normal” around these parts lately? Well let’s find out!
It turns out that daytime temperatures in the 70s and overnight lows in the 50s are “normal” for mid-to-late September in Northeast Kansas. So, calling the past few days “fall-like” is far from stretching the truth. But, normalities or averages are made up of a lot of extreme values averaged out, over a long period of time. Believe it or not, the hottest it has ever been in Topeka in September was 110 degrees. That happened back on September 3rd, 1947.
By Halloween, our average highs are down into the lower 60s. The coldest low temperature ever recorded in Topeka was 16 degrees on October 28th, 1925. Brrr!
All of these temperatures are officially recorded for our area at the Billard Airport in Topeka.
It’s no secret that things will start to cool down as the days get shorter and the nights get longer. But, as we all know weirder things have happened like 110 degree days in September!
– Kansas First News Storm Track Meteorologist, Kyle Borchert