Southwest Research-Extension Center Field Day 2014

2014 Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports  
Precipitation for 2013 totaled 17.29 in. This was 1.95 in. below the 30-year average of 19.24 in., and although still below average, it was welcome after two years with annual totals near 12 in. March and April were particularly dry, with precipitation totaling 13.4% of normal. August was abnormally wet, recording 6.09 in., which was 243% of normal. Pea-size hail and 70-mph wind observed on May 8 resulted in damage to windows and roll-up doors. The largest daily precipitation was 1.96 in. on
more » ... ust 1 and was accompanied by 50-cent size hail, resulting in considerable crop damage. Blowing dust was recorded on September 24. Measurable snowfall occurred in each of the first four months of the year as well as October and November. Annual snowfall totaled 20.95 in. compared to an average of 19.7 in. The largest event was 5.0 in. recorded on February 21. Seasonal snowfall (2011-2012) was 20.45 in. Average daily wind speed was 4.85 mph compared with the 30-year average of 5.10 mph. Open-pan evaporation was measured daily from April through October and totaled 82.90 in. This was 12.64 in. above the 30-year mean of 70.26 in. Our mean annual temperature was 53.8°F, which was very near the 30-year average of 53.7°F. Triple-digit temperatures were observed on 22 days in 2013, with the highest being 110°F on June 28. This was two degrees from our all-time record high of 112°F
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