Wichita's elevation is just over 1,300 feet above sea level. Wichita is located in the Central Great Plains where masses of warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico collide with cold dry Arctic air masses to create a wide range of weather year around.
Summer temperatures exceed 90° F an average of 57 days per year. July is the hottest month with an average daily high of 92° F. Winters are usually mild with only brief periods of very cold weather. Below-zero temperatures occur on average only four days per year. January is the coldest month with average daily lows of 22° F. Annual average noon humidity is 56%.
Kansas ranks among the top ten "sunniest" states. Wichita Mid-Continent Airport operates under VFR (Visual Flight Rules) conditions approximately 91% of the time. Average annual rainfall is about 33 inches, with 69% of that total falling from April through September. Average annual snowfall is only 16 inches. Snowfalls more than 1 inch occur on average five times per year; snowfalls more than 3 inches occur on average only twice per year.
Air quality is very good. Wichita is in compliance with all national ambient air quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency and rarely experiences stagnant air masses of the type that cause smog problems typical of many cities. The prevailing (average) wind is southerly at 12 mph (10 knots).
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