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Monday’s rainfall was heaviest southeast of Wichita

Folks in the Wichita area probably resigned themselves to missing out on the rain that was falling elsewhere in the state Monday – before a band of heavy rain passed through the metropolitan area late in the evening.

Officially, Wichita recorded .42 of an inch, with much heavier amounts falling in southeast Kansas. This map from the National Weather Service shows rainfall totals through early Tuesday morning in the southeastern quarter of the state.

September slips away quietly

A tranquil Monday is September’s parting gift to the Wichita area.

Wichita recorded 2.03 inches of rain in September. That’s slightly more than an inch below normal. Thanks to the month of monsoon weather in late July and early August, however, at 36.20 inches Wichita is still more than 9 inches above normal for the year.

Wichita hit 100 twice in the month, taking the total for 2013 to 13. There were 11 other days above 90.

Wichita finally gets more than a few sprinkles of rain

After getting little more than the dust settled by sprinkles while surrounding areas collected substantial rainfall, Wichita and Sedgwick County finally received a hearty dousing late Thursday afternoon and into the evening.

Officially, Wichita recorded 1.19 inches Thursday. That lifts the precipitation total for the year to 35.75 inches, a whopping 9.64 inches above normal for this time of year.

Out at Jabara Airport on the northeast side of town, .68 of an inch fell.

Wichita’s only collected a few sprinkles over the last 48 hours or so

As you can see by this map from the National Weather Service, some areas of Kansas have had some healthy rains the last couple of days.

For Wichita, however, it’s only added up to a little more than half an inch.

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.

Governor declares state disaster for flooding from series of recent storms

Gov. Sam Brownback has issued a State of Disaster Emergency declaration for 62 counties affected by the recent severe storms, flooding and flash floods.

“These floods have damaged roads, bridges and other vital infrastructure across most of the state,” Brownback said in a prepared statement. “These need to be repaired as quickly as possible so everyone can get back to business as usual.”

One death is attributed to the flooding that was spawned by the strong storms that began raking the state on July 22. Steven Burrow, 14, drowned on Aug. 9 while swimming in the Wichita-Valley Center Floodway, known locally as the Big Ditch.

Named in the declaration are Allen, Anderson, Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Edwards, Elk, Ellsworth, Finney, Ford, Geary, Gray, Greenwood, Hamilton, Harper, Harvey, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearney, Kingman, Kiowa, Labette, Lane, Linn, Lyon, Marion, McPherson, Meade, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Ness, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Republic, Rice, Rush, Russell, Saline, Scott, Sedgwick, Seward, Stafford, Stanton, Sumner, Wichita, Wilson, and Woodson counties.

The governor’s declaration activates the disaster response and recovery portions of the Kansas Response Plan, authorizing state resources and funds to expedite emergency assistance statewide.

The aid will assist local governments in repairing damaged infrastructure such as roads and bridges, said Sharon Watson, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

Rainfall pushes Wichita’s August total closer to record

The strong thunderstorms that rolled through the Wichita area Thursday night dropped a half-inch or more to a wide area, according to the National Weather Service.

Officially, .67 of an inch fell at the weather service’s recording site next to Mid-Continent Airport, according to meteorologist Vanessa Pearce. That pushes the August rainfall total for Wichita to 10.98 inches, which is less than an inch from the city’s all-time August rainfall record of 11.96 inches in 2005.

With only half of August gone, one might consider Wichita’s chances of breaking the record to be pretty good. But the weather pattern is shifting, with high pressure expected to move over the region early next week. The high pressure will deflect storm systems away from the region for a while.

How long that lasts will have much to say about whether Wichita sets a rainfall record this month.

Where’d the heaviest rain fall on Tuesday afternoon and evening?

This rainfall map from the National Weather Service will offer some clues.

Flood-prone streets filled rapidly with water around the city after torrential rains reached the city at about 3 p.m. The same system dropped an inch of rain on Russell in about 20 minutes earlier in the afternoon.

These rainfall totals were as of 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Rainfall map shows heaviest rain early Tuesday stayed north of Wichita

As this National Weather Service map shows, two counties that have been hit hard by the summer rains were once again in the crosshairs early Tuesday. Reno and Harvey counties have had many roads closed by high water at various times, and these rains won’t help recovery efforts.

These rainfall totals were as of 7 a.m. on Tuesday.