KANSAS CITY WEATHER RECORDS

. The period of record begins 7/1/1888. It was not possible to obtain long term observational data from locations other than the Downtown Airport and Kansas City International. It is well known that many locations in Greater Kansas City have had higher one-day rainfall amounts, i.e. the "Plaza flood of 1977". It is also well known that, for the most part, the Downtown airport will have higher maximum and higher minimum temperatures than KCI. Originally compiled by Allen Pearson and now exclusively by the WDAF FOX 4 Weather Department. Updated May 1998


                  HIGHEST AND LOWEST TEMPERATURE
High of 113 degrees.......... August 14 1936 (Downtown Arpt)
Low of -23 degrees........... December 21 & 22 1989 (KCI)

                      CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH
100 degrees or more.......17..........July 4-20 1980 (Downtown Arpt)
 90 degrees or more.......39..........July 8-August 15 1934
 32 degrees or less.......47..........December 29 1978-Feb 13 1979
  0 degrees or less........9..........December 18-26 1983

                              YEARS WITH
100 Degrees or more.......53..........in 1936 (Downtown Arpt)
 90 Degrees or more.......90..........in 1936 (Downtown Arpt)
 32 Degrees or less......122..........in 1979 and 1975 (KCI)
  0 Degrees or less.......20..........in 1979 (KCI) and 1936 (MKC)

                             PRECIPITATION
Highest Annual..............61.25" ...........in 1961 (Downtown Arpt)
Greatest 12 months..........63.15" ...........Feb 1961 through Jan 1962
Lowest Annual.............. 20.93"........... in 1953
Lowest 12 months............18.28" ...........Sep 1933 through Aug 1934
Wettest Month...............16.17" ...........Sep 1914
Dryest Month.. .............a trace in November 1989 at KCI

Consecutive days with precipitation ....9.... May 2-10 1996
Consecutive days without precipitation..37.Oct 30 1989-Dec 5 1989

                                 SNOWFALL
Highest Annual............................63.0" for 1960
Highest Seasonal..........................67.0" for 1911/1912 winter
Lowest Annual .............................1.3" in 1954
Lowest Seasonal............................4.5" for 1922/1923 winter

Highest Monthly Total.....................40.2" in Mar 1912
Highest One-Day Total.....................16.0" Mar 23 1912
Highest Two-Day Total.....................25.0" Mar 23-24 1912

Consecutive Days With Measurable Snow......5....Jan 6-10 1940/7.7"
Consecutive Days With Measurable Snow......5....Feb 8-12 1972/2.1"
Consecutive Days With Measurable Snow......4....Mar 13-16 1906/1.1"
Consecutive Days With Measurable Snow......3....Nov 27-29 1919/2.6"
Consecutive Days With Measurable Snow......4....Dec 17-20 1914/6.7"
Most days with snow on the ground....entire month of Jan 1979 &
Jan 1985

                             THUNDERSTORMS
Most Thunderstorm Days In One Year.............76 in 1951
Fewest Thunderstorm Days in One Year...........35 in 1988 & 1933
Most Thunderstorm Days in One Month............21 in July 1992
Consecutive Thunderstorm Days..7.Jul 4-10 1993/Jul 20-26 1993/May 4-10 1996
  *Early years counted distant lightning as a thunderstorm day

                    DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION
Record Number of Days with Measurable Precipitation......136 in 1993
Average Number of Days with Measurable Precipitation.....102
Fewest Number of Days with Measurable Precipitation.......60 in 1936

Consecutive Days With Measurable Precipitation....6...Jan  6-11 1940
Consecutive Days With Measurable Precipitation....5...Feb 20-24 1985
Consecutive Days With Measurable Precipitation....7...Mar 10-16 1906
Consecutive Days With Measurable Precipitation....7...Apr 20-26 1904
Consecutive Days With Measurable Precipitation....9...May  2-10 1996
Consecutive Days With Measurable Precipitation....8...Jun 18-25 1907
Consecutive Days With Measurable Precipitation....8...Jul  9-16 1992
Consecutive Days With Measurable Precipitation....6...Aug 18-23 1902
Consecutive Days With Measurable Precipitation....6...Sep 23-28 1973
Consecutive Days With Measurable Precipitation....6...Oct 13-18 1984
Consecutive Days With Measurable Precipitation....7...Nov 16-22 1934
Consecutive Days With Measurable Precipitation....6...Dec  8-13 1931
Consecutive Days With Measurable Precipitation...10...May 27-June 5 1903

                    DAYS WITH MEASURABLE SNOWFALL
Record Number of Days with Measurable Snow...........30 in  1960
Average Number of Days with Measurable Snow..........16
Fewest Number of Days with Measurable Snow.(Annual)...3 in  1954
Fewest Number of Days with Measurable Snow.(Seasonal).7 for 1922/1923

 SPRING DAY AND YEAR WITH LAST READING OF 32 DEGREES OR LESS
Mar 10 1946
Mar 15 1925
Mar 21 1895                       Median Day
Mar 22 1927 1963                  Leap Year April 7th 
Mar 23 1932 1981                  Other Years April 8th
Mar 24 1998                  
Mar 25 1906 1971
Mar 26 1958 1960 1978             Caveat
Mar 27 1897 1912 1919             This listing does not take into account
Mar 28 1913 1922 1955             other variables such as soil moisture, 
Mar 29 1894 1941                  wind, or soil temperature.
Mar 30 1934 1947 1991
Apr  1 1890 1915 1924 1929 1930 1948 1984
Apr  3 1896 1901 1908
Apr  4 1889 1954 1970
Apr  5 1891 1931 1945 1962 1968 1974 1977 1993 2002
Apr  6 1898 1979
Apr  7 1902 1936 1994
Apr  8 1899 1923 1956 1972 1985 1996
Apr  9 1892 1911 1914 1916 1917 1938 1952 1959 2003
Apr 10 1937
Apr 11 1900 2004
Apr 12 1939 1940 1957 1975 1987 2000
Apr 13 1920 1933 1973 1980 1995
Apr 14 1950 1990
Apr 15 1926 1928 1943
Apr 16 1905 1935 1949 1951 1961 1965
Apr 17 1904 1921 1997 
Apr 18 1999 2001
Apr 19 1983 1989
Apr 20 1953
Apr 21 1966 1982
Apr 22 1986 1992
Apr 23 1893
Apr 24 1910 1918
Apr 27 1967 1988
Apr 30 1903
May  1 1909 (29 degrees)
May  3 1976 (30 degrees)
May  4 1907 (27 degrees)
May  6 1944 (32 degrees)