About two weeks ago, the National Weather Service was warning of a storm system that was predicted and, eventually, did result in snow for much of the Midwest.
The 1/2 inch of recorded snowfall May 2 was enough to put the day in the record books. And as recently as Sunday, a new record was set for the low temperature on a given day ― in that case, 33 degrees as measured at Kansas City International Airport. On Tuesday, the pendulum swung the other way, but the result was the same ― the predicted high temperature of 93 making May 14, 2013, the warmest day on record for much of the area, surpassing the previous record of 91. The normal high temperature for May 14 is 74, according to Ryan Cutter, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service
“This is definitely a little unusual,” Cutter said.
Cutter said some variation in temperature is not uncommon for the Midwest regardless of the season. But he said in the larger scheme of things, the big changes in temperature over the last few weeks might not mean that much.
“If you remember last year, it was very hot and dry at this time last year,” he said. “If you look at the big picture, to get the climatology to balance it's going to have to be cool and wet some other time.”
The National Weather Service Tuesday issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area that includes Leavenworth County, warning of the potential for thunderstorms to take hold in the rest of the week, with higher than normal ― but not likely record-setting ― temperatures to continue.
Cutter said the systemic fluctuations appears to be spread across the central plains, though not because of a particularly strong front or other common factors.
“There's no one thing to hang your hat on, we've just had some wild weather fluctuations,” he said.