Wichita had a "heat burst" last night.... Suddenly temps went over 100 degrees after midnight

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 09, 2011 11:09 PM GMT
    I wasn't referencing my bedroom, rather the temperatures outdoors...
    If this unusual weather circumstance is to happen anywhere, it probably would be in Kansas.... LOL

    From KAKE TV 10:

    If you noticed the heat jump overnight, you were not alone.

    The National Weather Service said a heat burst was observed at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. The temperature jumped 17 degrees in 20 minutes, from 85 degrees at 12:22 a.m. to 102 degrees at 12:42 a.m.

    The heat burst was also accompanied by winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour.

    Sedgwick County 911 dispatchers received calls of trees and power lines down. The wind gust set off several alarm systems in the city.

    Volunteers at the Wichita Riverfestival spent the morning cleaning up after the rare weather event. The winds blew tents over, damaged fences, tossed trash dumpsters and sent port-a-potties on their sides.
    "We were at the command center and felt this blast of heat come from around the corner. I was bizarre," said volunteer Wendy Johnson.

    Volunteers gathered early this morning and cleaned up so the festival could go on as planned.

    Mayberry Middle School in west Wichita lost part of its roof, and many Wichita residents woke to find tree limbs down.
    Mayberry Middle School, 207 S. Sheridan, lost most of the roof over its auditorium.

    At one point, Westar reported more than 4,000 customers in the Wichita area without power. Most of the service has been restored.

    Heat bursts are very rare, occuring late at night or early morning. The area of dry air often follows a thunderstorm or shower. They are often accompanied by gusty winds.


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    Jun 09, 2011 11:16 PM GMT

    That's some pretty weird shit, Chris... no wonder Kansas was the setting for the Big Oz story....102 deg. at midnight?? Help.....I'm melting..... icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jun 09, 2011 11:17 PM GMT
    Global warming? Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka drawing this in?
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    Jun 09, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    The whole south central plains is 1 big oven. I couldn't stand the 100s and hot breezes in Dallas.

    Just imagine a blow dryer, on high setting 1 inch from your face. And keep it there from April to September.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 09, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    vincent7 saidGlobal warming? Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka drawing this in?


    They can burn in hell....LOL
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    Jun 09, 2011 11:19 PM GMT
    17 degrees in 20 minutes? Wow! I've never heard of a heat wave like that before.
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    Jun 09, 2011 11:21 PM GMT
    Thank God you will be spared Hndsm. Your too beautiful!
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    Jun 10, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    Blow some of that warm air this way . San Francisco has not even been breaking into the 60's this year . It was hella warm today 62 degrees.
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    Jun 10, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    I heard about that on our news out of Topeka. It's weird.

    I also see that you are under a tornado warning right now. Stay safe.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 11, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    It was probably caused by all the hot air coming out of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka. The hot air just made a mysterious change of direction at the Colorado state line and blew back across Kansas and slammed Wichita from the SW overnight. icon_lol.gif