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July 1, 2014

Overnight storms boost June rainfall total to 10.46 inches

Perhaps it was appropriate for June to bow out in the midst of a downpour, given how wet the month was in Wichita.

Perhaps it was appropriate for June to bow out in the midst of a downpour, given how wet the month was in Wichita.

Waves of thunderstorms dumped 2.25 inches of rain on the city late Monday and early Tuesday, including 1.12 inches before midnight. That boosted June’s rainfall total to 10.46 inches, tying 1957 for the third-wettest June in Wichita history.

“It was loud and bright,” National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Smith said of the storms that brought plenty of thunder and lightning with the rain.

McConnell Air Force Base logged 2.69 inches in a three-hour period early Tuesday morning, according to the weather service.

Hail had been part of the forecast, but it missed Wichita. Stones as large as golf balls were reported in Reno County, Smith said. Hail a half-inch in diameter was reported near Andover overnight as well.

More than 3 inches of rain fell in parts of central and western Kansas as one storm after another tracked east along a corridor that generally followed U.S. 54.

“It was just kind of a narrow band west of Dodge City to Wichita,” Smith said. “It was a long line that slowly moved through.”

Newton recorded between 2.5 and 3 inches of rain, and more than 2 inches fell just south of Pratt. Reno County reported several roads closed because of high water Tuesday afternoon.

High water was reported early Tuesday at a number of intersections in Wichita, including at Central and West and at Pawnee and Seneca.

Fortunately for commuters in the Wichita area, the rain had eased and streets drained in time for the morning rush hour on Tuesday.

Only two Junes in Wichita history saw more rain than this one, according to the National Weather Service: 1923, when 14.43 inches fell, and 1928, which recorded 12.11 inches.

Pleasant, dry weather is in the forecast for the next few days in the Wichita area, with highs projected in the 80s through Independence Day.

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