Category Archives: Rain

A kitchen sink kind of weather day for Wichita

The “current conditions” report for the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service listed “Light Rain, Snow, Fog/Mist and Windy.”

That’s about five different kinds of weather at once. It’s as if Thursday wasn’t sure what it wanted to be, so it’s being many different things at once.

Oh, and sunshine made a cameo appearance as the morning reached its final furlong.

Modest rainfall amounts in Wichita area

All that drizzle didn’t amount to much in the Wichita metropolitan area Tuesday.

Just .30 of an inch fell (officially) in Wichita, with heavier amounts east of the metro area. As much as 1.86 inches fell in far southwestern Cowley County.

Only light rain Monday night and early Tuesday in metro area

As this rain map from the National Weather Service shows, central Kansas got the rain and the Wichita metropolitan area received scattered sprinkles through 7 a.m. Tuesday. More rain fell later in the day, however.

Take a rain coat to football playoff games

The National Weather Service says a band of rain could move through the Wichita metropolitan area tonight, just in time for the first round of the football playoffs.

Take rain gear – and maybe add a layer to your wardrobe – as you head out to the games.

A gray day of drizzle and light rain had added up to .19 of an inch prior to 4 p.m., with more rain on the way.

Heavy rains near Muddy Creek set stage for school bus to be swept off crossing

Nowhere in the Wichita metropolitan area did it rain more in the 24 hours leading up to dawn on Halloween morning than in southwest Butler County and northwest Cowley County.

That set the stage for runoff to swell Muddy Creek, with rushing waters covering a low-water crossing just south of Southwest 190th, northeast of Douglass. The rapidly moving waters swept a school bus into the creek at about 4 p.m. Thursday.

Remarkably, everyone aboard the bus survived.

This rainfall map produced by the National Weather Service illustrates that the most rain fell in the area where the bus was swept into the creek.

The spring-like storm setup was ideal for significant rainfall to occur, said Jerilyn Billings, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

A cold front moving through the area had abundant moisture in the atmosphere to work with, she said.

“It was a very efficient rain producer,” Billings said. “It was going to dump a lot of rain.”

It did precisely that – and not in just one pass through the area. Multiple periods of heavy rain hoisted accumulation totals in a widespread area.

A wet Halloween for Wichita

This is a Halloween that will please a wide range of folks in the Wichita area.

Farmers. Ranchers. Ghosts. Goblins. Witches. Super heroes. And all those characters from “Breaking Bad.”

Multiple rounds of showers brought a total of .66 of an inch to Wichita since midnight, according to the National Weather Service. That’s well above the average rainfall of .07 for October 31, but far below the rainiest Halloween on record.

That would be the 5.79 inches that fell in 1998, as part of the infamous Halloween Flood.

The witches and other costumed characters will delight in the dry weather for Trick-or-Treating later today.

Rainy commute adds to overnight precipitation

Sporadic bouts of heavy rain are soaking the morning commute in the Wichita metropolitan area.

As of 7 a.m., more than half an inch of rain – .57 of an inch, to be precise – had been recorded in west Wichita at the official recording site next to Mid-Continent Airport since midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

Added to the .17 that fell on Wednesday, that brings the total to .74. These fresh rounds of rain will increase that total, however.

Flood watch for areas east of Wichita

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for portions of the Wichita metropolitan area and southeast Kansas until 10 a.m. Thursday.

Butler and Cowley counties are included in the watch, but Sedgwick is not.

Allen, Chautauqua, Elk, Greenwood, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson counties are also in the watch area. Rounds of heavy rain are expected to bring 1 to 2 inches of rain to an area that received 1 to 3 inches on Tuesday night.

Low-land rural and street flooding is possible, and localized flash flooding can’t be ruled out.

A rainy fall night

Heavy rain fell in portions of southern and south-central Kansas early Tuesday morning, as this precipitation map put together by the National Weather Service shows. More rain is possible in the area early Wednesday morning.

Officially, Wichita recorded 1.20 inches.

A hearty overnight rain for Wichita

An early morning thunderstorm dumped more than an inch of rain on Wichita and the surrounding area.

The official rainfall total for Wichita was 1.20 inches, said Paul Howerton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Reports have not yet trickled in from the region, but expect some totals that will make farmers, ranchers and landscapers smile.

Through Monday, just 1.05 inches of rain had fallen in Wichita this month. That was more than 1.5 inches below normal.

More rain is possible again late tonight and early Wednesday morning.