Daily Archives: 8 May, 2013

Arkansas recorded its first May snowfall last week

Although this news is a few days old by now, I thought it was nevertheless worth sharing: Arkansas recorded its first-ever May snowfall last Friday.

Forecasters had talked about Wichita having its first measurable May snowfall at the same time. Though a few flurries were reported, there was never enough to threaten accumulation.

Severe thunderstorm watch for central Kansas – including Wichita

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for 28 counties in central Kansas until 11 p.m.

Wichita, Hutchinson, Pratt, Russell, Salina, Wellington, Dodge City, Great Bend and Newton are included in the watch area.

Counties in the watch Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Ellis, Ellsworth, Ford, Harper, Harvey, Hodgeman, Kingman, Kiowa, Lincoln, McPherson, Meade, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Rush, Russell, Saline, Sedgwick, Stafford, Sumner and Trego.

Rainfall totals from Wichita area’s overnight thunderstorms

Raise your hand if you were awakened by the thunderstorms early Wednesday morning in the Wichita metropolitan area. I know I wasn’t alone.

Here’s a map showing rainfall totals as of 7 a.m. It was created by the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service.

Officially, Wichita recorded .58 of an inch from the overnight storm. That brings the precipitation for the year to 10.14 inches. That’s 1.92 inches above normal, according to meteorologist Ken Cook.

With rain possibilities in the forecast for the next several days, Wichita could see that total climb nicely.

But Cook added a note of perspective: last year at this same time, Wichita had recorded 13.38 inches.

“And then the rain shut off,” he said.

That set the stage for the flash drought that ravaged crops and prompted cities to set water use restrictions.

Dating back to 2010, Cook said, Wichita still has a precipitation deficit of more than 20 inches.

Severe thunderstorm watch for western Kansas

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for 20 counties in western Kansas until 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

Counties included in the watch are Finney, Gove, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Kearny, Lane, Logan, Morton, Scott, Seward, Sheridan, Sherman, Stanton, Stevens, Thomas, Wallace and Wichita.

Today’s severe weather threat in Kansas

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman has issued a slight risk for severe weather in much of central Kansas – including the Wichita area -as well as portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado and Missouri.

The tornado threat is minimal, according to an SPC outlook, but large hail and strong winds are possible.

Residents should monitor forecasts and conditions and be prepared to seek appropriate shelter if and when strong storms threaten. The National Weather Service in Wichita is projecting the storms to reach the Wichita area after 7 p.m.

Wichita weather: Chances for showers and thunderstorms – some strong

Showers and thunderstorms are expected in the Wichita area off and on throughout the day, forecasters say. The strongest storms are expected to come tonight, moving into the region from central Kansas.

The primary threats in the Wichita area will be large hail, heavy rains and downburst winds, according to the National Weather Service.

High temperatures are expected to reach the mid-70s under partly sunny skies, forecasters say, with south winds in the teens. Gusts will climb into the mid-20s.

Storms will continue overnight, with lows ducking under 60 and winds still gusting to nearly 25 miles an hour. The storms should end in the Wichita area by about 8 a.m. Thursday, forecasters say, with highs eventually reaching the low 70s under cloudy skies. Chances for rain return Thursday night and persist into Saturday.

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