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Jack Frost's first visit

The patchy frost that was expected to settle in some areas Saturday morning may have startled a few folks, and for good reason: the average first freeze in Wichita doesn’t typically arrive for another three weeks.

Records show the average first freeze date in Wichita is Oct. 28. This being Kansas, however, there’s a significant swing in freeze dates on the calendar. The earliest recorded freeze in Wichita was Sept. 22, 1995.

The latest recorded freeze was Nov. 21, 1944 – just a few days before Thanksgiving, as a matter of fact.

But forecasters tell me fall-like temperatures had arrived in Wichita by late August, a few weeks ahead of schedule…so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that Jack Frost would arrive early this year as well.