Great Bend 51°F
Hill City 51°F
We didn't quite make the list; was 52F here this morning...
As you, we're under that central low that's keeping the really hot stuff
on the west coast at the moment, just a few hundred miles north. The
109F on Thursday wasn't close to a record high, though...those are on
the weather station here at the house; there isn't an official NWS
station here. The airport recorded 107+ and their recorded record for
the day is 109F. I'm not sure how far the online history goes back,
though, probably not terribly far....yeah, looks like only back to 1939
so that doesn't have the great heat wave of the 1860s in it when
Manhattan (KS) recorded over 120F. Weren't any recording stations out
here then; town wasn't founded until 1888 when Rock Island ended here
waiting for them to open up OK to finish line across the panhandle to
meet up on other side to El Paso...
Intended to comment--it's getting the dewpoint down that's the key; lows
basically will be a few degrees higher than the dewpoint--it's that
dewpoints stay so high along the coast and other areas in the east/south
that prevents the cooling of at night...we think if dewpoints get to the
50s it's oppressively humid.... :)
Also, it's not terribly surprising for Goodland; it's in NW and fairly
high (pushing 4000 if not; don't recall exact elevation otomh--well, did
go look; isn't quite as high as was thinking--about 3700', roughly 900'
higher than we are). Hill City is about 80-90 mi east of Goodland but
despite being in the northern part of state (N of I-70), they're often
as hot or hotter than we are in the SW corner...Thursday when we were
the 108 or so they were 109F. Despite the name, they're actually ~700'
lower than we are. Their records are all in 110-115F range for this
time in July whereas ours tend to be more in the 104-110F range...
That could be true, the whole previous 10-12 days had been hot with
Saturday being the hottest and highest. Sunday and since has been
pleasant. At my location as soon as the sun goes down it is very pleasant
even in the hot days of summer, that was not true last week.
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