Finger on the Weather

Cooler temperatures beg question: are 100s done in Wichita?

Wichita may well be done with 100s for the year.

Sure, the calendar says a healthy dose of August remains, but forecasters say weather patterns will keep temperatures well below normal for the rest of the month.

“Maybe we’re done” with 100s, said Kevin Darmofal, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

The Climate Prediction Center’s outlook through the first day of September calls for most of the eastern half of the nation to have below-average temperatures for this time of year. Forecasts for Wichita call for 80s through the end of the month.

In fact, AccuWeather’s extended outlook suggests Wichita may not see the 90s again until 2018.

“Perhaps we have seen our last one,” Darmofal said of the 100s. “But we’ve still got a few weeks left” where 100s have historically occurred.

That’s why Darmofal, for one, isn’t ready to rule out at least one more blast of heat before autumn settles in. He points to last week, when temperatures rapidly climbed to nearly 100 after almost two weeks of below-normal readings.

“Look how quick we heated up,” he said.

Wichita hasn’t hit 100 in August — and it won’t, if the forecasts verify. July has all nine of the 100s recorded so far this year in Wichita, records show.

Data reinforces Darmofal’s point that it may be too soon to declare that summer’s heat is history for 2017. There are 100s on record as late as Sept. 28 in Wichita.

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