Kansas Weather Summary for 2018

A number of significant weather events occurred in Kansas last year. April set a new record as the coldest since 1895 with a statewide average temperature of 46-point-7 degrees. May ranked as the second warmest on record with a statewide average temperature of 70-point-6 degrees. And, October ended up being the second wettest on record with a statewide average that month of 5-point-88 inches… 259% above normal.

Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says one of the unusual things about 2018 was the fact that typically dry areas were wetter-than-normal and traditionally wet areas were drier-than-normal.

On the dry side, Knapp says east-central Kansas fell well short of its normal precipitation for the year.

On the temperature side, it was cooler-than-normal statewide. However, Knapp says it was only by two-tenths of a degree.

In the latest edition of the K-State Agronomy eUpdate, Knapp provides a month-by-month look at some of the significant weather events affecting Kansas in 2018. You can access that report online at: agronomy.ksu.edu.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications.After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations.In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. In 2018 he became the Studio Coordinator at the Cumulus Kansas City broadcast center for Kansas City Chiefs Football.