Rain, hail sweep through Wichita area as temperatures fall

04/13/2014 1:19 PM

08/06/2014 10:52 AM

A cold front that marched through the Wichita area Sunday afternoon brought with it hail the size of pingpong balls and 60 mph winds.

It also brought cooler temperatures, dropping from 82 degrees at 1 p.m. to 41 degrees by 7 p.m. Sunday.

Pingpong-ball-sized hail was reported near 167th and Maple, east of Goddard, said National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Kleinsasser. Much of west Wichita received pea-, dime- and quarter-sized hail.

Hailstones with a diameter of 2.5 inches were reported in northeast Cowley County, south of Atlanta.

But despite the spring storm, Wichita still fell short of any sizable rainfall. Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport, where the National Weather Service has its Wichita office, received less than a hundredth of an inch of rain on Sunday, said Eric Schminke, weather service meteorologist. He said some areas of the city may have received nearly a quarter of an inch.

“We did get reports of very heavy rains in parts of Wichita, more specifically northwest and north Wichita,” Schminke said.

The Sunday rain was not enough to catch up to normal rainfall. Normally by April 13, Wichita has received 5.68 inches of moisture through rain and snow. So far this year, it has measured only 1.9 inches, or 3.78 inches below normal, Schminke said.

The temperatures are expected to continue falling to the low 30s Sunday night. An accumulation of up to half an inch of snow is also expected to fall overnight, Kleinsasser said.

A freeze watch is in effect Monday night into Tuesday and could affect sensitive plants and crops.

Temperatures are expected to rise into the 60s on Wednesday but drop to the 50s on Thursday and Friday. Easter weekend, the temperatures are expected to be in the 60s and 70s, Kleinsasser said.

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