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Climate Change Impacts/Mitigation

Prof. John Harrington Jr.
Dept. of Geography
Kansas State Univ.
Manhattan, KS 66506
Ph: 785-532-6727

Climate Change/Soil Microbiology

Prof. Charles W. Rice
Dept. of Agronomy
Kansas State Univ.
Manhattan, KS 66506
Ph: 785-532-7217

Climate News and Events

Arctic sea ice cover melted to its lowest extent in the satellite record, breaking the previous record low observed in 2007. Sea ice extent fell to 4.10 million square kilometers (1.58 million square miles) on August 26, 2012. (NASA)

Governer Brownback Launches Drought Relief Website Drought.ks.gov and discusses drought relief and response with Kansans.

Bats threatened by climate change, and may boost frog disease chytridiomycosis. BBC.  

Kansas climatic trends

Statewide average temperatures range from -1.6°C in January to 26°C in July (Figure 1). The statewide average annual temperature is 12.4°C. The lowest annual value was 11.0°C in 1912 whereas the warmest was 14.2°C in 1934. Precipitation ranges from 105 mm in June to 18 mm in January. Over 72% of the average 701 mm annual precipitation total comes during the warmer six months of the year with the peak in late spring. In addition, the region is characterized by extreme short-term and long-term variations in weather and climate. Inter-annual variability is large; with 1054 mm in 1951 whereas 391 mm was the lowest annual precipitation amount in 1956. Both annual precipitation totals and temperature averages have a positively skewed distribution.


Climogram for Kansas based on the period 1895-2011 (Blue bars = precipitation (mm), Black line = temperature (°C). Source: Data obtained from the National Climate Data Center (NCDC).


Annual temperature (°F black line) and Palmer Drought Severity Index (gray bars) for Kansas. (Source: Statewide data obtained from the NCDC).


Annual precipitation for Kansas (inches). Source: Statewide data obtained from the NCDC. See a spatial depiction of East-West precipitation in Kansas.


Historic Summary of Kansas Climate:

Kansas Geological Survey Educational Series:

Floods and droughts:

Kansas Climate Atlas (Interactive Mapping Application)

Calendar of Events:

First Annual Governer's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas. October 30-31, 2012. New Hilton Garden and Inn & Conference Center, Mahattan, Kansas. More details.

2nd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change. 3-7 September, 2012 Hanoi, Vietnam. More details.

National Weather Service Forecast Offices in Kansas:

Climatorgraphy charts (PDFs):

Annual Climatology: