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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • June had record-setting temperatures

  •      Dodge City had an unseasonably hot June with a total of nine days where the temperature hit 100 degrees or more. The average in June is one or two triple digit days. On several days, the temperature even reached 110, but on June 27, when the temperatures rose to 111, it became the all-time highest temperature ever in Dodge City.


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  •      Dodge City had an unseasonably hot June with a total of nine days where the temperature hit 100 degrees or more. The average in June is one or two triple digit days. On several days, the temperature even reached 110, but on June 27, when the temperatures rose to 111, it became the all-time highest temperature ever in Dodge City.
         "People often ask me why the highest temperature is only 110 or 111 in Dodge City, when cities in northern Kansas have record temperatures in the 120s," said Jeff Hutton, the warning coordinator meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Dodge City. "And the reason for that is because Dodge is at a slightly higher elevation, which helps keep it a little cooler."
         June also had 1.78 inches of precipitation during the month, which is 1.46 inches below average.
         According to Hutton, most of the precipitation fell on the 15th and 16th when a big storm came through the area.
         "Even though we've had a few months with below-average precipitation, because of the excess precipitation we had at the beginning of the year, we are only 1.3 inches below average for the year," said Hutton. "That's something to be thankful for."
        
    Looking forward to July
         Hutton doesn't think that July will follow the same pattern as June.
         "You have to remember that it's still summer, and summer means hot temperatures in Dodge," said Hutton. "But I don't think we'll see as many 'blow-torch' days this month as we had in June."
    Hutton described a 'blow-torch' day as one with temperatures well above 100 degrees, with strong wind gusts and high humidity.
         July will still have plenty of hot days, but they should be a little closer to average for this time of year, according to Hutton
         As for precipitation in July, Hutton said it's hard to predict at this time of year. Summer thunderstorms can vary greatly, and some areas can receive a lot of precipitation while some areas have none at all, even within a few miles of each other.
         "It's hard to predict where thunderstorms will hit," said Hutton. "But hopefully we will get some precipitation this month to prevent the drought from getting any worse."
         Dodge has been elevated back into a severe drought, after being classified as a moderate drought earlier in the year.
         "We won't be able to alleviate the drought, but I'm hopeful that it won't worsen in July," said Hutton.
         Hutton also thinks that Dodge City will not have as many days above 100 as last year.
         "Last year we had 54 days above 100 degrees. While this summer will still be hot, it does not appear that we will match that," said Hutton, "which is good news."
    Page 2 of 2 - Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at julia.kazar@dodgeglobe.com.
     
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