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:

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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