Category Archives: Rain

A few raindrops for the Wichita area, but heavier rain fell out west

Showers only offered the Wichita area a few sprinkles Monday afternoon and evening, but western sectors of the state received some badly needed moisture.

The far western quarter of the state is still thirsty for precipitation, so the rains were most welcome. This map was generated by the National Weather Service.

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Thursday morning’s rainfall around Kansas

Substantial rain soaked a healthy swath of central and southern Kansas early Thursday morning, as this map generated by the National Weather Service shows.

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Animation shows drought’s softening grip on Kansas

A wet June has done wonders for shaking loose the drought’s grip on Kansas. This six-week animation produced by the United States Drought Monitor shows conditions improve for most of the state.

This U.S. map showing drought classification changes indicates most of Kansas improved at least one class.

Monday night’s rainfall

This precipitation map demonstrates how the storms tracked along or just south of U.S. 54 through much of southern Kansas. Wichita recorded 2.5 inches from the storm Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Higher amounts were logged west and north of the city, however, and they can be found here.

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Rainy month pushes way into record books

Thanks in no small part to Tuesday’s record-setting rainfall, 2014 has elbowed its way into a Top 10 list for Wichita.

The National Weather Service on Wednesday reported that the 8.56 inches that have fallen so far this month ranks 10th for wettest Junes in Wichita history. The wettest June on record is 14.43 inches in 1923.

This year nudged past 2007′s 8.53 inches for a spot in the Top 10.

More rain is possible before June bids adieu early next week, forecasters say.

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A record-setting day for rain in Wichita

Round after round of heavy rain doused Wichita on Tuesday.

By the time the rains ended for the night, a record had fallen. The 2.47 inches recorded at the official measuring location next to Mid-Continent Airport toppled the previous high rainfall for June 24, which was 2.43 inches back in 1995.

Flood warning until 8:30 p.m. for Sedgwick County

Sustained heavy rain late Tuesday afternoon has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for Sedgwick County until 8:30 p.m.

Up to an inch of rain has fallen in portions of the county, with another inch or two of rain possible from the slow-moving storms.

Street flooding is likely in low-lying and slow-draining areas, officials say.

Heavy rain to offer challenges for evening commute in Wichita

Heavy rain falling for much of the last hour is causing ponding on streets in the Wichita area, the National Weather Service cautioned.

That figures to make the evening commute trickier than normal. Drive carefully.

Another round of rain nibbles into Wichita’s precipitation deficit

Nearly an inch of rain fell late Sunday night and early Monday in Wichita, nibbling away at the still-substantial moisture deficit in the city.

The .81 of an inch hoisted Wichita’s June rainfall total to 6.09 inches, according to the National Weather Service. That’s about 2 inches above normal for the month.

For the year, Wichita has recorded 12.16 inches. That’s still 3.75 inches below normal for this time of year.

There are more chances for rain later this week, with Wednesday currently shaping up as the best bet.

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Sunday morning rainfall around Kansas

Much of Kansas received at least some rain late Saturday and early Sunday. This map generated by the National Weather Service shows the most widespread heavy rain fell across a wide section of southern Kansas.

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Officially, Wichita recorded .97 of an inch, though varying amounts fell elsewhere in the city and the metropolitan area.