What’s left of Hurricane Alex will make its way to Kansas and the Midwest this holiday weekend.
Remnants of hurricanes and tropical storms have been known to reach Kansas in the past, but normally they come from the Pacific, up through the Four Corners area.
Alex is a Gulf hurricane that has been forced to detour around the large dome of high pressure that gave Wichita such mild, relatively calm conditions for late June and early July.
The result is a Gulf hurricane that’s mimicking Pacific tropical storms.
The fragments of a Pacific hurricane, Lowell, dumped 10.31 inches of rain on Wichita over a 24-hour period in September 2008, obliterating the previous record set nearly 100 years before.
The availability of such abundant tropical moisture sets the stage for prodigious rainfall totals – and potentially dangerous flooding. This map, put together by the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service, suggests heavy rain in the region this weekend.
But forecasters say the dry weather of the past couple of weeks means the flooding risk in the Wichita area should be minimal at worst.