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Kansas (Capital: Topeka)

Best time for Kansas: September.

Kansas lies midway between the Pacific and the Atlantic. It is affected by cold winds from the north and warm winds from the south. The western third of Kansas is the windiest region in the country.

September and October: Warm with diminishing rain. 27ºC (80ºF) in the afternoons.
November to March: Cold. Snow falls, but does not stay on the ground for more than a few days at a time. January is the coldest month. Strong winds cause erosion by blowing loose soil into dust storms.
April: Cloudiest month. Sky is overcast 60% of the time, especially in the northeast.
May and June: There is a chance of tornadoes. Touchdowns are more likely to occur in the eastern part of Kansas than the western part.
July and August: Hot with heavy rainfall. Although skies are overcast 35% of the time, June to August are the sunniest months with 11 to 12 hours per day.

Wichita, on the Arkansas River.
Wichita’s weather in brief:

June to August (summer) is hot with most days above 30ºC (86ºF). From March to July expect heavy rainstorms with strong southerly winds and tornadoes.
December to March (winter) is mild with light snowfalls.

Wichita, Kansas: Altitude 409m (1342ft)

KENTUCKY  (Capital: Frankfort)

Good time to visit Kentucky: April and May, and September and October.

April and May: Days are warm, nights are cool.
June: Usually sunny and pleasant but is sometimes a hot 30ºC (86ºF).
July and August can always be expected to be humid and hot with daytime temperatures remaining in the 30sºC (90sºF) for weeks at a time. In spite of the heat, summer (June to August) is the “tourist season.”