McPherson posted the latest snowfall on record Tuesday, breaking a record that has stood for almost 100 years.
McPherson does not have complete records with the National Weather service. However, according to the information that is available in the weather database, April 23 surpassed the latest snowfall record, which was April 20, 1918.
Because records are missing concerning McPherson weather information, it is impossible to tell with certainty that McPherson broke its low temperature record. However, Jim Carusco, lead meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Wichita, said McPherson likely saw its coldest April 23 on record as communities all around it posted records.
Salina’s posted a record low with 23 degree, Wichita posted a record low with 25 degrees and Russell posted a record low with 20 degrees.
According McPherson’s local weather official, McPherson experienced a high of 34 and a low of 23 Tuesday.
These temps are far for normal for our area, Caruso said. McPherson normally has high temperatures in the 70s and lows in the mid-40s this time of year.
The frost on our spring flowers has been caused by anomalous weather pattern coming our of Canada, Caruso said.
“We will have a couple days of mild days followed by a cold air,” he said. “We’ve had everything from showers to sleet, snow and freezing rain the last couple of months.”
For those of you who are sick of the cold temps and white stuff, look for a warming trend today and through the weekend.
Temperatures are supposed to be in the mid-60s today with partly sunny skies. Late tonight and into Friday there are a chance for showers. Highs are forecast in the 70s Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
For those of you looking for an outlook for the summer, that’s a little harder to do.
Caruso cautioned long-term forecasting is very difficult and may not be accurate.
However, the National Weather Service is forecasting above normal temperatures for this summer with precipitation normal to below normal.
Although snow could be seen on grassy surfaces Tuesday morning, drivers in McPherson encountered more slush than ice on roads.
Dillard Webster, McPherson County director of emergency management, said local law enforcement officers reported several slid offs in the county Tuesday morning, but no one was seriously injured.