KSStorm.Info Briefing: March 2, 2022

You'd be forgiven if you thought we'd skipped two months when we turned the calendar yesterday. But while the temperatures feel like May, the air in Kansas is very dry rather than May's much higher humidity. We're under the influence of a large high pressure area and northwest flow, which is a recipe for continued warm and dry conditions.
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A storm system will race onshore in southern California very early Friday and by afternoon will induce a strong lee-side low that will ramp up south winds, bringing us into very high to extreme grassland fire risk. The main system gets through most of Kansas before it pushes out a chance for a few storms somewhere east of I-135. Conditions would be right for any storm that forms to become severe. Sunday night brings a chance for very light wrap-around rain or snow in central and eastern Kansas as another system races by to our southeast. Temps will be seasonal next week, upper 40’s and low 50’s.

How about those records?

Record highs for today in most Kansas communities are in the 80s. Temps today are forecast to be around 80 to 83 statewide, which would put most records at risk. The only sure shot we find today is Hutchinson, which for some reason has an official record high of 70 set in 2016. Temps will rocket past 70 be late morning, to a new record of 81. Her’s a look at records and today’s forecast high in other communities:

Community  Record (Year)  Forecast High
Colby        80 (2008)         79
Ulysses      82 (2008)         78
Ashland      88 (1904)         80
Russell      80 (1992)         82
Pratt        89 (1904)         82
Salina       85 (1904)         82
Hutchinson   70 (2016)         81
Emporia      79 (1992)         82
Topeka       83 (1901)         82
Iola         83 (2006)         80

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