Folks around Kansas who need cold, snowy weather to get into the Christmas spirit are going to feel like Scrooge for a while.
Unseasonably warm temperatures are moving into the Great Plains and will stick around the next week or more, forecasters say. Highs should regular reach the 50s next week and could top 60 next weekend.
“You can’t ask for much better than that for December in Kansas, that’s for sure,” said Brad Ketcham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.
Highs this weekend will be in the mid-40s following some welcome precipitation. A light, soaking rain passed through the area as Wichita slept Friday morning.
By the time the rain ended shortly after noon on Friday, 0.57 of an inch had been logged by the weather service’s official recording station in west Wichita.
“We got more in this one rainfall than we did all of last month,” Ketcham said. “And that’s good. We needed it.”
It was the kind of rain farmers and gardeners and landscapers dream of: light and steady and without wind, so it came straight down.
“It was about a tenth of an inch every hour, so it soaked right in,” Ketcham said.
Only 0.45 of an inch fell in Wichita in November, so the soil was a sponge for the overnight drizzle.