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Remains of tropical storm will miss Kansas, but rain may not

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Sep. 16, 2013, at 2:55 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Ingrid won’t be paying a visit to Kansas, but moisture from the deadly system could be drawn into the Sunflower State and help continue a recent rainy pattern, a National Weather Service meteorologist said Monday.

At least 21 people were killed over the weekend in Mexico as Ingrid came ashore from the Gulf of Mexico and Tropical Storm Manuel struck from the Pacific, officials have said.

As the remnants of Ingrid continue to move inland, they’ll be drawn to the American Southwest and not up into the Great Plains, said Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service.

“Some of this (wind) flow pattern may bring some of the moisture up here,” Pearce said.

That would make it available for any passing storm system to tap into, said Scott Smith, another forecaster with the Wichita branch of the weather service.

Since showers returned to the metropolitan area late last week, only about one-third of an inch had been recorded in Wichita through Monday afternoon, Smith said. More rain is possible later in the week.

It may seem silly to some for land-locked Kansas to pay attention to hurricanes and topical storms, but the remnants of Hurricane Lowell dumped more than 10 inches of rain on Wichita on Sept. 12, 2008.

Other remnants have brought substantial rains to the area over the years. Until a rainy weather pattern set up in mid-July and lingered for a month, some forecasters were saying the best chance of ending the drought and erasing substantial precipitation deficits would likely come from what’s left of a Pacific hurricane that came ashore in Mexico and worked its way up to the Sunflower State.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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