Daily Archives: 16 August, 2013

Rainfall pushes Wichita’s August total closer to record

The strong thunderstorms that rolled through the Wichita area Thursday night dropped a half-inch or more to a wide area, according to the National Weather Service.

Officially, .67 of an inch fell at the weather service’s recording site next to Mid-Continent Airport, according to meteorologist Vanessa Pearce. That pushes the August rainfall total for Wichita to 10.98 inches, which is less than an inch from the city’s all-time August rainfall record of 11.96 inches in 2005.

With only half of August gone, one might consider Wichita’s chances of breaking the record to be pretty good. But the weather pattern is shifting, with high pressure expected to move over the region early next week. The high pressure will deflect storm systems away from the region for a while.

How long that lasts will have much to say about whether Wichita sets a rainfall record this month.

Wichita weather: Clearing skies signal a welcome shift

There may be a few early morning sprinkles in the Wichita area Friday, forecasters say, but skies will gradually clear as the day lengthens.

Highs will only reach the low 80s with light and variable winds adding to the pleasant day. Skies will be partly cloudy overnight as lows fall to the low 60s in the Wichita area.

The weekend will be dry, sunny and pleasant, with highs in the low to mid-80s, forecasters say.

A high pressure system will be pushing into the Great Plains early next week, forecasters say, bringing a dry spell and temperatures more commonly associated with August to the area.

At long last, the region should have a chance to dry out for a while.

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