December’s dry opening dozen days joins elite list

The 12 Days of Christmas may bring much variety to a true love, but the 12 days of December have been dry, dry, dry for Wichita.

It’s only the 10th time since records began being kept in 1888 that first 12 days of December saw no precipitation fall in Wichita, according to the local branch of the National Weather Service.

There were only two days of measurable precipitation in November – on the 10th and 11 – and the total of .55 was .88 of an inch below normal for the month.

Not counting days when a trace of rain fell, 59 of the last 61 days have lacked measurable precipitation in Wichita. The weather service recorded .08 on Oct. 13.

Wichita averages 32 inches of rain through mid-December, but has recorded less than 25 so far this year.