Finger on the Weather

All-time February temperatures matched or bettered Thursday across Kansas

Numerous temperature records fell in Thursday’s veritable heat wave in the middle of February.

Some of them were even all-timers.

Dodge City climbed to 88, setting a record for warmest February day since local records began being kept in 1875.

Goodland reached 82, a new high for the month of February in that northwest Kansas city.

The Everest of February highs — 92, set on Feb. 20, 1980, at Aetna in Barber County — appears to have been matched.

The Dodge City branch of the National Weather Service reported that 92 was the high two miles east of Greensburg on Thursday.

“If verified, that would tie the state record high for February,” state climatologist Mary Knapp said in an e-mail response to questions on Friday.

Alas, the 92 came from a personal weather station, not equipment sanctioned by the weather service. Accordingly, that reading will not be entered into the climatological record, said Ray Burgert, a meteorologist with the Dodge City branch of the weather service.

Interestingly, Knapp said, Aetna’s record was set during another El Nino — though that one was much weaker and shorter than the current episode.

Wichita set a temperature record on Thursday as well, though it was not the all-time high for February. The 77 merely toppled the 74 from 1930 for Feb. 18.

Topeka and Concordia also set records for Feb. 18.

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger

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