The Kansas Ag-Climate Update is a joint effort between our climate and extension specialists. Every month the update includes a brief summary of that month, agronomic impacts, relevant maps and graphs, 1-month temperature and precipitation outlooks, monthly extremes, and notable highlights.
July 2022: Heat stress in western Kansas
The statewide average temperature in July was 81.0°, or 2.1oF above normal (Fig. 1). This ranks as the 25th warmest out of 128 years. Western Kansas was most above normal, where departures ranged from +3.2 to +3.8°F. Northeast Kansas was the only climate division below normal (-0.5°F). The three-month statewide average temperature (May to July) was 1.9oF above normal, which ranks as the 20th warmest on record.
Precipitation averaged 2.91 inches across the state in July, or 87% of normal. This ranks as 53rd driest out of the last 128 years. Southeast and south central Kansas had roughly half their normal precipitation, averaging 1.7 to 1.9 inches for July.
Figure 1. Departures from normal temperature (°F) and precipitation (inches) for July 2022.
View the entire July 2022 Ag-Climate Update, including the accompanying maps and graphics (not shown in this short summary), at http://climate.k-state.edu/ag/updates/
Xiaomao Lin, State Climatologist