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  • Monsoon part of the Kansas pattern

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    • Moisture and temperature variations
      • Pratt average rainfall Jan.1 to Aug. 20

      21.14 inches

      • Pratt rainfall Jan. 1 to Aug. 20, 2013

      23.57 inches

      • Pratt August av...
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      Moisture and temperature variations
      • Pratt average rainfall Jan.1 to Aug. 20
      21.14 inches
      • Pratt rainfall Jan. 1 to Aug. 20, 2013
      23.57 inches
      • Pratt August average monthly rainfall
      2.19 inches
      • Pratt August rainfall as of Aug. 20, 2013
      5.87 inches
      • Pratt average high August temperature 91.7 degrees
      • Pratt high temperature average Aug. 1 through Aug. 20
      84.9 degrees
      • Pratt average low August temperature
      66.2 degrees
      • Pratt low August temperature 2013
      64.1 degrees
      Statistics courtesy Ray Burgert, Dodge City National Weather Service meteorologist
  • With all the rain the area received in August and late July, some might say it was like a monsoon. Those people would be correct.
    Every year Kansas has a monsoon season during the summer. Unlike the annual monsoons that hit West Africa, Asia and Australia and bring copious amounts of moisture every year, the Kansas monsoon season varies in the amount of precipitation it delivers.
    The Kansas monsoon rains form when the jet stream moves north after severe weather season. Storms form off the Gulf of Mexico or move in across Arizona, said Aaron Johnson, U.S. Weather Service meteorologist science and operations officer.
    The summer monsoon is important to the central high plains in July and August.
    This year, the system got good moisture and then stalled out over Kansas in August. This brought several days of moisture that covered a large portion of the state.
    The rain helped recharge the soil, fill ponds and lakes and got water back into wildlife areas like Quivera.
    "Its nice to see after the last two summers," Johnson said.
    Right now, the area is in a dry period and normal average temperatures have returned. However, Johnson is optimistic that the monsoon moisture pattern will continue to bring rain to the region.
    If the monsoon pattern had not formed, the area would probably have experienced about a third less moisture.
    Historically, a look back at the last 10 years reveal similar monsoon weather patterns in the area two or three times.
    Part of the monsoon pattern is zones of precipitation that tend to form in the same areas and move across the state in the same pattern.
    The temperatures this summer have not been out of the normal range for this time of year. They have been cooler than what is expected in August but they have been within an expected range associated with the monsoon pattern.
    "Our normal highs are around 90," Johnson said. "It has not been substantially cooler."
    What has been different is the temperatures for the last two years have been well above normal and the moisture amounts have been well below normal.
    When compared to the last couple of years, the moisture amounts are up and the temperatures lower in 2013 but they are actually closer to the normal average.
    For temperatures to be considered above or below normal, the deviation would be greater than 12 degrees.
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