I was telling friends over the past two weeks that this was the coldest October I could ever remember in Wichita, and now stats from the local branch of the National Weather Service confirm my informal observation.
Through Oct. 16, the average temperature in Wichita was 58.6 degrees. That’s a whopping 11.4 degrees below normal, and it is by far the coldest start to October since records began in Wichita in 1888.
The previous coldest start through the first 16 days was 64.4 degrees set in 1925.
Temperatures are moderating a bit early this week, but this has still been like having two Novembers. Folks who enjoy cold, chilly weather may like that – but I suspect they’ll be in the minority.