Daily Archives: 16 September, 2013

Tropical storms that hammered Mexico to miss Wichita

Local forecasters say the remnants of Tropical Storm Ingrid – part of a double-barreled blast at Mexico that killed at least 21 people this weekend – won’t make it to Kansas later this week.

Tropical Storm Manuel was already falling apart just inland from the west coast of Mexico.

Hurricanes and tropical storms who come ashore in the southern Pacific have historically been the most common to bring substantial rain to Kansas. The record for most rain in a 24-hour period in Wichita – 10.31 inches on Sept. 12, 2008 – came as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Lowell interacting with a stationary boundary over the region.

Lowell came ashore from the Pacific and the jet stream pulled its remnants into the central Great Plains. Over a three-day period, 11.33 inches of rain fell in Wichita.

Some moisture from the tropical storm could reach Kansas later this week, forecasters say, and showers could result if small fronts move through.

Spots of heavy rainfall

Wichita and Sedgwick County only received light rain from the storms that rolled through the region Sunday, soaking the final day of the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.

As this map produced by the National Weather Service shows, heavy rain was spotty in the region.

Wichita weather: Thunderstorms to continue

Expect a rainy Monday in the Wichita metropolitan area.

Forecasters say there’s a good chance for showers and thunderstorms, with highs in the upper 70s. Winds will be light out of the east and northeast, staying in the single digits.

Chances for showers continue but decrease tonight, with lows in the mid-60s, forecasters say. They persist into Tuesday, when highs will climb to the mid-80s under mostly cloudy skies.

Wednesday is likely to offer some sunshine before precipitation returns to the forecast later in the week, forecasters say.

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