Monthly Archives: May 2014

Wichita weather: Slight chances for showers

The opening day of Riverfest may see a few sprinkles here and there, but forecasters say rain shouldn’t threaten the fireworks after sunset.

Highs today in the Wichita area should reach the mid-80s, with mostly sunny skies and light easterly winds. Any showers that pop up should dissipate with sunset, National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Pearce said.

Overnight lows will settle again in the mid-60s, with Saturday echoing Friday in terms of rain chances and highs in the mid-80s.

Sunday is shaping up to be cloudy and warmer, forecasters say, with highs in the low 90s.

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

Wichita weather: Afternoon showers possible

There’s a slight chance for showers and thunderstorms after noon Thursday in the Wichita area, forecasters say.

Skies should be mostly sunny as temperatures climb to the mid-80s. Winds will be light and variable, staying in single digits.

Lows early Friday will reach the mid-60s with skies staying mostly cloudy and winds remaining light, forecasters say. Friday will see skies remaining mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers and highs again in the mid-80s.

Slight chances for showers will persist through the weekend, with highs in the 80s and lows in the upper 60s to low 70s.

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

A week’s worth of rain

The National Weather Service has produced a map showing how much rain fell over much of Kansas over the 7-day period ending Tuesday morning. Wichita recorded a little more than 3 inches at the official reporting site next to Mid-Continent Airport.

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Other parts of the city saw much more than that and others much less – such was the isolated nature of some hard downpours.

Another .25 fell in a short period of time later on Tuesday, lifting Wichita’s rainfall for the month to 4.06 inches. At Jabara Airport in northeast Wichita, however, the total for May is just 3.32 inches.

Storm chaser survives being hit by lightning

Severe weather nearly claimed another storm chaser earlier this month, but remarkably he escaped serious injury despite being hit by lightning.

Wichita weather: Morning fog, afternoon sunshine

Commuters could be dealing with some fog for their morning drive in the Wichita area on Wednesday, forecasters say.

Once winds stir and the sky clears, temperatures will climb into the mid-80s under mostly sunny skies. North to northeasterly winds will be light, staying in single digits.

Overnight lows will settle in the mid-60s under a mostly clear sky and continued light winds. Chances for scattered showers return on Thursday, forecasters say, with highs in the mid-80s and mostly cloudy skies. Winds will remain light and variable.

Chances for showers will persist through the weekend in the Wichita area, forecasters say.

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

Rains dent Wichita’s precipitation deficit

The rainy holiday weekend pushed Wichita above normal for the month of May, weather officials say.

The combined rainfall total since May 22 is 3.26 inches at the official recording station next to Mid-Continent Airport in southwest Wichita. Rains were isolated, however, which explains why downtown Wichita received much more rain than that and north Wichita much less.

For the month, Wichita has logged 3.81 inches of rain through Monday morning. That’s .08 above normal for the month.

It pushed Wichita’s rainfall for the year to 5.82 inches, which is still 5.2 inches below normal.

Wichita weather: Chances for showers continue

The end of the holiday weekend doesn’t mean the end of rain chances for the Wichita area.

Forecasters say there’s a decent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the region Tuesday, with highs reaching the low 80s under cloudy skies. Winds will be light out of the south.

Clouds will persist overnight, when lows are expected to settle in the low 60s. More rain is possible in the Wichita area.

Showers are possible but not likely on Wednesday, forecasters say, when highs will push into the mid-80s. Winds will be calm early and then stir out of the east later in the day.

Chances for showers will linger through the rest of the week in southern Kansas, forecasters say.

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

Holiday weekend rains targeting a parched area

I’m not hearing many complaints about rain spoiling holiday plans this Memorial Day weekend.

That’s likely just a reflection of people realizing how much the region needs rain. This map from the U.S. Drought Monitor is dated May 20:

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The second graphic shows projected rainfall amounts over the next five days. Read that to mean about 2 inches for Wichita, with more expected close to the Oklahoma border.

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Wichita weather: Chances for showers

While showers and thunderstorms managed to skip Wichita on Thursday, they’re more likely to bring badly needed rain to the city on Friday, forecasters say.

Highs will be in the 80s on Friday, with light winds out of the east-southeast. Periodic showers and thunderstorms are likely in the Wichita area throughout the holiday weekend, forecasters say, with highs in the low 80s or upper 70s.

Lows will be in the 60s.

Wichita weather: Sunny and cooler

A pleasant spring day is on the menu for the Wichita area on Thursday, forecasters say.

Highs will be in the mid- to upper 80s under a mostly sunny sky, with light southerly winds staying in the single digits to low teens. Showers and thunderstorms arrive overnight, when lows will settle in the mid-60s.

Showers and thunderstorms increase in likelihood in the Wichita area on Friday, forecasters say, when highs will climb into the mid-80s. Chances for showers and thunderstorms will continue through Memorial Day weekend.

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