• Sunflowers glow in the morning sunlight outside of Nicodemus.

    Nicodemus

    National Historic Site Kansas

Climate

Nicodemus in Winter

Precipitation is usually minimal during the winter months, but snowstorms combined with high winds can lead to hazardous road conditions.

NPS Photo by William Pope

Climate - Weather - Road Conditions

Weather

Current weather and forecast Nicodemus National Historic Site (NOAA).

Climate

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.

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

AVG. HIGH

43

47

56

67

75

86

93

90

82

69

55

43

AVG. LOW

15

18

26

36

48

58

64

62

51

38

26

16



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)

Road Conditions

For current information, visit Kansas Road Conditions.

For road construction and interstate cameras, visit Kansas Driver Information.

 
Thunderstorm
Thunderstorms on the prairie produce dramatic imagery, but can be dangerous if precautions are not taken.
NPS Photo by William Pope

Did You Know?

Welcome sign off highway 24

The town of Nicodemus platted in 1877, consists of 161.3 acres and was declared a National Historic Landmark District on January 7, 1976.