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Fort Riley Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here
Welcome to your new post at Fort Riley in North Central Kansas, home of the famous 1st Infantry Division. Fort Riley weather sees a wide range of temperatures and precipitation. You’ll need to be ready for just about anything, with winters reaching very cold temperatures and summers hitting hot, humid highs. You will see typical averages as low as 20 degrees and as high as 92 degrees throughout the course of the year, depending on the season.
High Temps: High 60’s to high 70’s
Low Temps: High 30s to low 40s
Springtime at Fort Riley has a wide temperature range as you come out of the cold winter months and into Summer. April typically sees the largest amount of rainfall on average so keep that in mind for any outdoor activities. This sometimes comes in the forms of severe thunderstorms that can lead to flash flooding.
The turbulent weather of spring in Kansas brings about what the state is well known for: tornadoes. Be informed during the Spring months, especially, when activity is typically highest. May usually sees the highest amount of tornadoes throughout the year. This doesn’t mean the tornadoes stop in spring, unfortunately. Fort Riley may see tornado watches well into September.
High Temps: Low 80s to low 90s
Low Temps: Mid to high 60s
The Fort Riley weather in summer sees averages rising into the 90s. July is typically the hottest month overall. Summer brings more than just high temperatures to Kansas, though. You will feel your fair share of humidity in the summer months. Fort Riley typically sees a lot of cloud cover, even in summer, but this doesn’t mean you should forgo protection. UV rays can still damage your skin on overcast days, so never forget to prepare with sunscreen.
You will still need to prepare for rainy days, even through the summer. These warmer months can bring more thunderstorms, although most of the severe weather will be behind you. However, you will still need to stay informed just in case storm cells head your way in the summer months.
High Temps: Low 60s to high 80s
Low Temps: Mid 30s to mid 50s
Rainfall begins to slow down in the fall, and the temperatures can drop fairly quickly. You may start experiencing some freezing nights as winter approaches. This is another season of turbulent temperatures and can see more tornado watches, so continue to be informed, especially as you head out to Fort Riley’s annual Apple Day Festival held in the fall. The cooler days may get an (ironic) warm welcome from you as you say goodbye to the humid months.
As the summer heat starts falling away, the colder weather won’t quite yet arrive in early fall, this will be the best window for friends and family to come and visit.
Early fall is also one of the best times to explore the outdoor activities of the region. Fort Riley is located in the Flint Hills region of Kansas and challenges the stereotype of the state being all flat.
For more information on what to do around Fort Riley, click here.
High Temps: Low 40s to mid 50s
Low Temps: Low to mid 20’s
Winters at Fort Riley are cold, dry, and windy. Kansas sees its fair share of snow, so make sure you are ready for the winter months, especially if you are moving from somewhere that doesn’t see snowfall. Keep your eye on weather advisories for any snowstorms that may move through the midwest that could potentially dump multiple inches of snow on Fort Riley in a short amount of time.
There’s no shortage of wind in the winter months, although the threat of tornadoes should mostly be behind you. The combination of cold, dry, and windy can chap and irritate your skin. Be prepared to combat that as you need.
And always be aware of potential emergency weather situations, especially in Spring. Prepare an emergency kit in case tornadoes and severe weather knock out your power.
Here are some basic items to include in an emergency kit in case the Fort Riley weather gets severe.
- Water (one gallon per person per day for three days worth)
- Food (also enough for three days, non-perishable is a must)
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and an NOAA weather radio with tone alert.
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help if needed)
- Cell phone chargers and back up batteries
- Wrench and pliers (to turn off utilities if any have been damaged, especially gas and water lines)
Field & Training Expectations
Staying informed will be the key when it comes to the Fort Riley, Kansas weather. Each season will bring its own set of challenges. You will need to focus on staying warm and dry in the winter months. Make sure to pack weatherproof gear and invest in boots that will keep you dry. Hypothermia can be a genuine problem if you aren’t prepared.
Heat and humidity are your biggest concerns in the summer. Keep hydrated, especially on days that the humidity is oppressive in July and August. The effects of dehydration and/or heat stroke can set in quickly. If you feel lightheaded or like you are overheating, seek shade immediately, and slowly drink water.
No matter what kind of weather you like, one of the seasons will bring something for you. Fort Riley sees weather of all types, and as long as you stay informed, you can enjoy actual changing seasons that some of the warmer (or colder) weather posts miss out on. It does mean you have to be a little extra prepared with both heavy coats for winter and light clothes for summer.
We have no doubt that you will soon feel at home in the community at Fort Riley.
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