Daily Archives: 9 July, 2013

Strong storms may pass through Wichita area tonight

Strong storms – packing winds that could approach the 90-mile-an-hour gales in last month’s damaging storm – are possible overnight in the Wichita metropolitan area, according to the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service.

“We could see that again overnight,” admits Chance Hayes, warning coordination meteorologist for the weather service, “but I’m not too fired up about it.”

The winds in late June occurred as a thunderstorm collapsed, sending air rushing toward the ground and then spreading outward. It’s possible a similar scenario could play out overnight, Hayes said, but he’s only got a 30 percent chance in the forecast for now.

“If storms develop, the potential is there,” he said.

Wichita weather: Heat index soars near 110

The heat index is likely to soar to dangerous levels in southern Kansas – including the Wichita metropolitan area – today, forecasters say.

Highs should top 100 today in Wichita again, with the heat index reaching 107 or more. South winds in the teens will gust near 30 miles an hour, forecasters say.

A heat advisory is in effect from 2 to 8 p.m. today for 17 counties in central and southern Kansas, including Barton, Ellsworth, Saline, Rice, Sedgwick, Reno, Harper, Sumner and Cowley.

Temperatures could reach 105 in some areas of Kansas, according to the National Weather Service.

A slight chance of rain arrives tonight, with chances increasing late tonight and into Wednesday.

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