Author: Mary Knapp

The first week of August has been warm, but it doesn’t match the heat that prevailed in 1936. On August 14, 1936 temperatures across much of eastern Kansas soared above 110 degrees. Kansas City, Missouri hit an all-time record high of 113 degrees. It was one of sixteen consecutive days of 100-degree heat for Kansas City. During that summer – June to August -- there was a record 53 days of 100-degree heat. Manhattan didn’t fare better. We recorded 116 °F on the 13th of August and also saw 53 days of heat reaching 100 degrees or higher. In Manhattan, the last 100 degree reading for the year didn’t come until September 11th!

Figure 1. Sun and Heat (WDL archives)

Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library