Wichita misses out on weekend’s substantial rains

Wichita recorded nearly half an inch of rain over the weekend, but as this map generated by the National Weather Service shows, the city just missed out on much more substantial amounts.

Given the record-setting dry spell that has opened 2014, the heavier rainfall would have been welcome indeed.

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The weather service also provided a graphic showing some of the heaviest rainfall totals reported from Sunday’s storms. One unofficial report in Newton topped 4 inches.

The Pretty Prairie rainfall total is particularly meaningful for Wichita residents. The small Reno County town is in the drainage basin for Cheney Reservoir, which is the primary source of water for the city of Wichita.

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