NPS Photo by William Pope
Climate - Weather - Road Conditions
Current weather and forecast Nicodemus National Historic Site (NOAA).
Northwest Kansas has a four season climate typified by long, hot summers, cold winters, short spring and fall seasons, and nearly constant breeze. Humidity is relatively low compared to the eastern portion of the state.
The record high temperature for the area was 117°F in July of 1936, and the record low was -26°F in December of 1989. The 143°F extreme temperature range in Nicodemus is greater than the range of Death Valley National Park (119°F) and Yellowstone National Park (134°F), and just under the 145°F range for extreme temperatures in Alaska's Denali National Park.
On June 26, 2012 the official high for the area was 115°F, which was the highest temperature recorded nationwide. There were unofficial reports of temperatures reaching 119°F.
Afternoon thunderstorms with lightning, hail, and gusty winds frequently occur during the spring and summer. Tornados are possible but are less common in Kansas than they are in several other states. In the event of a tornado seek shelter immediately. Winter snow accumulation is usually light, but blizzards are possible, and icy conditions often lead to road closures. The average annual precipitation is just over 22 inches.
"The Gettysburg Lever contains an account of the death of Larkin Hathaway (colored), at his home a mile and a half north of Nicodemus, on Tuesday of last week. He was struck by lightning." - WaKeeney Western Kansas World (February 23, 1889)
For current information, visit Kansas Road Conditions.
For road construction and interstate cameras, visit Kansas Driver Information.
Did You Know?
The two original groups of settlers (1877-78) came from central Kentucky into a totally different environment of dry grassland, limestone soil, and almost no trees.