Welcome rain fell sideways in Wichita metropolitan area early this morning

Central Kansas and the Wichita metropolitan area were so thirsty for moisture that no one is complaining that most of the rain that fell last night and early this morning seemed to come down sideways thanks to strong winds.

The National Weather Service office next to Mid-Continent Airport logged 1.4 inches of rain and Jabara Airport in northeast Wichita reported 1.46 inches, weather service meteorologist Kevin Darmofal said.

“We all pretty much needed it,” Darmofal said.

There were numerous reports of 2 inches of rain in central Kansas and north of Wichita, including three miles south of Maize and just south of Valley Center. Several reports of between 1.5 and 2 inches were logged into the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, or CoCoRahs.

A 62-mile-an-hour wind gust was reported in Wellington as the line of storms moved through early this morning, Darmofal said, and a wind gust of 47 miles an hour was reported at the airport.

More storms are possible late tonight and early Saturday morning in the Wichita area, he said, though chances for more storms are much better late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

The timing and likelihood of the showers and thunderstorms will depend on how long it takes for the atmosphere in the region to rebuild energy in the wake of last night’s storms, which saw a line of thunderstorms stretch from Minnesota all the way down to Texas.