Wichita sees more than 2 inches of rain, some flooding

07/26/2013 6:04 AM

07/26/2013 1:06 PM

Heavy rains overnight caused the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for southeastern Sedgwick County and southern Butler County that expired at 9:45 a.m. Friday.

Street flooding was reported in several locations around Wichita early Friday morning, including downtown, but roads were clear by 6 a.m.

Wichita received 2.13 inches of rain since midnight, the weather service reported. Much of that — about 1.5 inches — fell in about an hour after 2 a.m., meteorologist Vanessa Pearce said.

“People were having a tough time getting around in the downtown area,” she said.

Significant street flooding was also reported at Pawnee and Mead, Orient and Meridian and Irving and Glenn — all in various sectors of southwest Wichita, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said.

The 2.13 inches makes this the wettest July 26 on record in Wichita, breaking the old mark of 1.86 inches in 1945. Counting the light rainfall just before midnight, Pearce said, a total of 2.16 inches of rain fell on the city.

As much as 3.7 inches of rain fell in Lindsborg north of Wichita, and Galatia in Barton County west of Great Bend reported 3.3 inches of rain.

Little if any rain is expected the rest of the day in Wichita, Pearce said, but another round of showers and thunderstorms is anticipated Sunday night into Monday.

Call it Round 4 if you want, Pearce said, because the weather pattern is remaining consistent: the jet stream is bringing “little waves” of energy down from the northwest and it’s interacting with abundant moisture streaming north from the Gulf of Mexico.

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