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.