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Patches of showers blanket Wichita area; Sedgwick County under flood watch

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, July 28, 2013, at 8:48 p.m.

For the first time all summer, someone visiting Wichita on Sunday could have confused the town with Seattle – albeit briefly.

Light to medium precipitation fell for the majority of the day for a total of 1.54 inches from midnight to shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, National Weather Service meteorologists said.

The Wichita metropolitan area avoided much of the severe weather that occurred late Saturday and early Sunday, receiving mostly residual rainfall throughout the night and during the day.

A Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said she was unaware whether the rainfall had contributed to any more accidents than usual, saying that as far as she knows, “it’s been about average.”

Other towns in the area were harder hit by Sunday’s storms.

Southern Barton County fell under a flood warning Sunday morning, and law enforcement barricaded some roads in Great Bend, according to the National Weather Service.

To the west, in Kingman County, early morning storms snapped trees, flooded fields and caused power outages. Residents reported electric poles being snapped due to high winds, in addition to locally heavy rainfall and hail. Some residents reported power being out from about midnight to 5 a.m. Sunday.

Sedgwick County is under a flood watch until 7 a.m. Tuesday, as the rainy pattern is not expected to move out of the region until midweek, meteorologists said.

A mixture of unseasonably cold air from the Great Lakes region and strong winds from the Gulf of Mexico have combined to make this July one of the wettest on record, National Weather Service meteorologists said Sunday.

In Wichita, it has rained five of the past six days, for a total of 4.95 inches from Tuesday to Sunday evening. Since January, the Wichita metropolitan area has received 23.41 inches of rain, which is 3.32 inches more than normal, according to the National Weather Service.

July’s 7.56 inches of rain is surpassed only by July 1922, with 8.46 inches; July 1962, with 9.22 inches; and July 1950, with 13.37 inches.

Contributing: Hutchinson News

Reach Matt Riedl at 316-269-6791 or mriedl@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @riedlmatt.

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