Daily Archives: 4 April, 2012

Cold air funnels reported in Wichita area

Several “cold air” funnels are being reported late this afternoon in the Wichita area, according to the National Weather Service.

But residents should not be alarmed, weather officials say, because cold air funnels are weak, short-lived and rarely reach the ground.

Here’s a special weather statement issued by the Wichita branch of the weather service:

…BRIEF SMALL FUNNELS POSSIBLE THROUGH EARLY EVENING…

A FEW SMALL FUNNELS HAVE BEEN OBSERVED OVER SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS
LATE THIS AFTERNOON. REPORTS OF FUNNEL CLOUDS HAVE OCCURRED WITH A
COUPLE OF THUNDERSTORMS TO THE WEST IN KINGMAN COUNTY. DEVELOPING
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN SOUTHERN SEDGWICK COUNTY ARE MOVING
NORTH. ANY FUNNELS FROM THIS ACTIVITY ARE NOT ASSOCIATED WITH
STRONG THUNDERSTORMS AND TYPICALLY POSE NO THREAT TO LIFE OR
PROPERTY.

ADDITIONAL SHOWERS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING SMALL FUNNELS WILL REMAIN
POSSIBLE THROUGH EARLY EVENING BEFORE THE SHOWERS DIMINISH AS THE
TEMPERATURE COOLS.

Wichita’s wet Wednesday

Here’s a map from the National Weather Service showing rainfall totals as of 7 a.m. today.

Obviously, the map doesn’t include the rain that came through town at about 8 a.m. and again shortly before 10:30 a.m. The weather service’s official recording station next to Mid-Continent Airport reported only .15.

Heavier rain fell downtown and in east Wichita. Phil Warren, a storm warning meteorologist for AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, said McConnell Air Force Base recorded .38 of an inch in southeast Wichita.

A private weather station near Central and Woodlawn reported .36 and another at Pawnee and Broadway logged more than half an inch.

Good news for Wichita gardeners

If you haven’t looked at the long-term forecast for the rest of April provided by AccuWeather on our weather page recently, you should. I don’t see any freezing temperatures on there, which is good news for gardeners and landscapers.

Temps appear to be much closer to seasonal, too. That’s good news for those fearing the toasty March would translate into a sizzling summer.

18 tornadoes reported in Tuesday’s outbreak in northeast Texas

The Storm Prediction Center has logged 18 tornado reports from the outbreak that hit the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex Tuesday.

Fortunately, no deaths have been reported. Here’s coverage of the tornadoes by The Weather Channel.

Here is helicopter footage of one of the tornadoes (likely the same one featured in the Weather Channel coverage above) from Channel 5, NBCDFW.

Damage estimates figure to run into the tens of millions of dollars. Based on photos of the damage I’ve seen in Arlington, I’m guessing at least one tornado will measure EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita scale. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more.

Heavy rain hammering Wichita as work day gets under way

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement warning Wichita motorists of heavy rain that was hitting the city as the morning commute ended today.

The heaviest rain was over downtown Wichita just after 8 a.m. and was slowly moving north at 15 miles an hour. Street flooding could be an issue in some parts of town, forecasters warned.

Wichita weather: Cloudy, with afternoon showers possible

More clouds are in the offing for the Wichita area today, forecasters say, with afternoon showers a possibility.

Highs will be in the mid-60s, with light winds out of the east-northeast. Clouds will persist overnight, with lows dipping into the upper 40s. Thursday should be mostly cloudy but dry, forecasters say, with highs in the low 60s.

Friday looks to be partly sunny and in the upper 60s, with a slight chance of evening showers. Easter weekend offers more 60s under mostly cloudy skies, forecasters say.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.