Archive for Friday, March 2, 2012

2012 warmer, wetter than usual

March 2, 2012


It probably comes as little surprise to anyone in Lawrence that it’s been warmer than usual the past few months.

Recent numbers provided by the Kansas State Climatologist’s Office show that average temperatures from December, January and February are several degrees above normal.

Here’s a look at this year’s average temperatures and how they rank since 1909:

• December 2011: 37.9 degrees, or 4.3 degrees above average; 20th warmest.

• January: 33.9 degrees, or 4.1 degrees above average; 21st warmest.

• February: 37.7 degrees, or 2.9 degrees above average; 33rd warmest.

Precipitation numbers also show 2012 to be a weather oddity compared with historical numbers. While January saw just .01 inch of precipitation — an inch below normal — February proved to be much wetter than normal, registering 3.1 inches of precipitation, 1.5 inches above normal.


werekoala 5 years, 11 months ago

I know, I know, weather != climate.

That said, this coming summer terrifies me. Our poor old A/C unit barely made it through last summer's heat wave.

Ragingbear 5 years, 11 months ago

Warmer winters does not always= warmer summers. That being said, our current worry should be that with such a mild winter, we will see a massive surge in insects and small vermin. In a year we would probably see an increase in larger preying animals like coyotes as the excess food cycle results in increased population many animals.

Ragingbear 5 years, 11 months ago

Throws an ^of right before many animals and mumbles something about posting right after waking up.

itsalwayssunnyinlarry 5 years, 11 months ago

Driving on k10 last night i already had a windshield covered in bugs.

riverdrifter 5 years, 11 months ago

Saw my first turkey vulture on the 29th. The snow geese have already gone on by. Hunters are reporting a cool million or more of them on the Missouri river bottoms from Rulo, NE on north.

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