Monthly Archives: July 2013

Dramatic footage of a tornado striking Milan in Italy

A tornado hit Milan in Italy on Tuesday, resulting in substantial damage – and some dramatic video.

Dense fog advisory for Wichita area

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for 35 counties in central, southern and southeast Kansas through mid-morning Wednesday. The advisory includes the Wichita metropolitan area.

The advisory runs until 9 a.m. for 9 counties in central and southern Kansas: Ellis, Rush, Pawnee, Stafford, Edwards, Kiowa, Pratt, Comanche and Barber.

The advisory extends until 10 a.m. for these counties in southeast Kansas: Russell, Lincoln, Barton, Ellsworth, Saline, Rice, McPherson, Marion, Chase, Reno, Harvey, Butler, Greenwood, Woodson, Allen, Kingman, Sedgwick, Harper, Sumner, Cowley, Elk, Wilson, Neosho, Chautauqua, Montgomery, Labette.

Widespread visibilities of a quarter-mile or less can be expected, the weather service warns. Near-zero visibility is possible at times as well.

Wichita weather: A break from the rain

A waterlogged Wichita gets a welcome break from rain over the next day or more, forecasters say.

Highs will reach the upper 80s under mostly sunny skies in the metropolitan area, with light and variable winds throughout the day. Lows tonight will be in the upper 60s, with mostly clear skies and winds remaining light.

Thursday looks to be dry most of the day, forecasters say, with partly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 80s. Winds will be light and variable.
A chance of showers returns Thursday night and early Friday, with overnight lows in the low 70s.

Friday is shaping up to be rainy, forecasters say, with highs near 90.

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

Map shows where heaviest rain fell Monday

The National Weather Service in Wichita has produced this map showing rainfall amounts in southern and southeast Kansas on Monday. The Flint Hills, along with Harvey and McPherson counties, were hit particularly hard.

A rainy week in central and southern Kansas

Only three times in Wichita’s history has it rained more in July than 2013. This map reflects just how wet the past week has been for much of Kansas.

Wichita has recorded 6.32 inches over the past six days at the official recording station in southwest Wichita. Jabara Airport in northeast Wichita has logged more than 5 inches in the past eight days.

Measurable rain has fallen on 17 days this month, setting a record for July in Wichita.

Wichita weather: A very rainy morning for parts of the metro

Heavy rains could soak the eastern half of Wichita and the metro area early this morning, forecasters say, while western parts of the city may well get a break from any downpours.

The rain should end early in the day in Wichita, however, as the storm system slides off to the southeast. Skies should remain cloudy throughout the day, however, as highs climb into the mid-80s.

Winds will be calm early, then stir a little and be variable late in the day. A slight chance for showers returns Tuesday night, forecasters say, before overnight lows settle in the low 70s.

Wednesday and Thursday should offer a soggy region a welcome chance to dry out, with sunny skies and highs in the upper 80s.

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

Sunday’s rainfall totals from central and southern Kansas

Central Kansas received a substantial soaking Sunday, as this map from the National Weather Service shows. Wichita didn’t exactly miss out, recording 1.65 inches next to Mid-Continent Airport.

Heavy rain tonight and tomorrow heightens flood potential in southern Kansas

Residents in flood-prone areas of central and southern Kansas should be prepared to take safety precautions as heavy rain continues to pound the region, the National Weather Service warns. Downpours could develop rapidly. Rain fell at the rate of 4 inches an hour for a time in the Lindsborg area early Monday afternoon.

Motorists are reminded not to drive through flood waters, or risk being swept away.

Wichita weather: More rain, with flood watch in effect

Continued heavy rains have prompted a flood watch for southeast Kansas through Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service projects 2 to 4 inches of additional rain through Tuesday morning in the region, including the Wichita metropolitan area.

“Be alert for possible flood warnings and be ready to take immediate action should flooding develop,” a statement issued by the weather service reads. “Those living in flood-prone areas should be especially prepared to take immediate action in case flooding becomes imminent.”

Highs today will top out in the low 80s – more than 10 degrees below normal for this time of year – with southeast winds nudging double digits. Thunderstorms are likely throughout the day and into the evening, continuing through Tuesday morning.

Some sunshine is expected Tuesday afternoon, when highs climb into the mid-80s. Winds will be light and variable.

Wednesday and Thursday are projected to bring a break from the rain before showers return late Thursday night, forecasters say.

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

Wichita weather: Early showers, then a break from the rain

It’ll be a rainy Friday early in the Wichita area before the sun breaks through later in the day, forecasters say.

Some of the showers could bring heavy rain in the morning. Highs today will only reach the low 80s, with light northerly winds touching double digits.

Overnight lows will slide to the low 60s, with mostly clear skies and north winds easing to little more than a whisper.

Saturday is shaping up to be mostly sunny and pleasant, forecasters say, with highs in the low 80s and light easterly winds. Chances for rain return Sunday, with showers and thunderstorms likely Sunday night.

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