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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Little precipitation expected for October

  • September was a fairly quiet month, according to Aaron Johnson, science and operations officer for the National Weather Service Dodge City. No records were tied or broken, and there were no major storms.
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  • September was a fairly quiet month, according to Aaron Johnson, science and operations officer for the National Weather Service Dodge City. No records were tied or broken, and there were no major storms.
    "This is pretty typical for this time of year, storms don't usually have the strength of those in the spring or summer," said Johnson, "and it's still a few months till we get any winter storms."
    Although it may have been a little boring, the cooler temperatures were much appreciated after a hot summer. At the beginning of the month a few days hit 100 degrees, the 2nd and 3rd, but then a cold front came through and temperatures fell back into the normal range.
    The coolest it got during the month was 42, which happened on the 14th.
    Overall, the average high for the month was 84 degrees and the average low was 53.
    "These temperatures are pretty consistent with what's normal this time of year," said Johnson, "and it was a nice break from the days of 100 to 110 degrees not that long ago."
    Precipitation was below average for September. Dodge City only got .91 inches throughout the month, which put us .79 inches below normal. Most of which fell on the 13th and the 28th. However, normal precipitation year-to-date is 18.6 inches, and Dodge City has gotten 15.6.
    "We're really not that far off average when you look at those numbers," said Johnson, "and especially when you consider that other areas nearby are a lot lower."
    Garden City, for example, is about 5.5 inches below average for precipitation according to Johnson.
    Looking ahead
    October looks to be a dry month as well.
    "We might see some showers later this week when a front comes through," said Johnson, "but if we don't I don't think we'll see any precipitation for at least a week or two."
    Johnson emphasized how hard it can be to predict weather this time of year even a week in advance, but he thinks any precipitation we get this month will be just a few quick showers.
    Temperatures will also be normal for the month, possibly a little lower than usual.
    "When this front comes through later this week we'll definitely see a cool-down," said Johnson, "maybe even a frost by the end of this weekend."
    Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at julia.kazar@dodgeglobe.com

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