Daily Archives: 13 August, 2013

All this rain leads to a question

With only one August in Wichita history logging more rain than this one – so far – people in the area have naturally started to grumble a little bit.

But, as this post on its Facebook page shows, the Wichita Police Department is trying to maintain a sense of humor about it all.

Dear Seattle, where is Wichita and what have you done with it?!!?!!

Only one August has seen more rain in Wichita history

With .13 of an inch since midnight, 2013 vaulted to second on the list of wettest Augusts on record for the city of Wichita.

The top dog on the list, 2005, could go down before all is said and done, said Scott Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service branch in Wichita. Records have been kept since 1888.

The early morning sprinkles lifted the rainfall total for this month to 8.63 inches, breaking a tie with 1933. That’s still more than 3 inches shy of the 2005 record of 11.96 inches – but it’s only Aug. 13.

“There’s just no clear signal as to when this pattern is going to change,” Smith said. “The way things are going, we could definitely give 2005 a run for the money.”

Much heavier rain fell just north of Wichita early Tuesday.

A trained spotter a mile northwest of Benton reported 2.3 inches of rain and reports of 1.5 to 2 inches were widespread across Reno, Harvey and Butler counties.

Northern Sedgwick County also got in on the act, with 1.88 inches of rain reported in Bel Aire.

A break from the rain now looks likely until Thursday, Smith said, but even that system shows the potential for heavy rain when it arrives.

“It’s a broken record,” he said.

And soon enough, it could be.

Wichita weather: Another day, another round of rain

And the rainy season that is this August in central and southeastern Kansas continues on Tuesday.

There’s a good chance of showers and thunderstorms across the region today, forecasters say, and some of those storms could produce heavy rainfall. That will only aggravate the flooding threat in this waterlogged area.

Highs today will be in the low 80s with light east-southeast winds. Chances for heavy rain will persist into the overnight hours in southern Kansas and the Wichita area, forecasters say. Lows will slide to the mid-60s before rebounding to the low 80s again on Wednesday.

Rain chances are expected to end early Wednesday morning in the Wichita area, forecasters say, setting the stage for another brief dry spell Wednesday and Thursday.

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