Finger on the Weather

Record-breaking cold on October’s final Saturday

Teens were common across Kansas on an October morning so crisp that multiple records fell around the Sunflower State Saturday.

Russell dropped all the way to 12 early Saturday — their earliest 12 since records began being kept there in 1950, the National Weather Service reported. The record low for Oct. 28 came one year after Russell set a record high of 89 for the date.

Garden City bottomed out at 16 on Saturday, breaking the record of 21 set in 1980. Medicine Lodge also set a record, with 18 erasing the 19 from 1925.

Wichita’s record low for Oct. 28 is also 19 from 1925 — and that record remains on the books. The temperature settled at 25 early Saturday.

But more than 20 different locations across Kansas dipped into the teens early Saturday, including Kingman, Great Bend, Kechi, Hutchinson, Goodland and Dodge City.

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