Overnight rains heavy in part of Wichita

Some ponds and creeks in north Wichita were choked with debris from heavy rains overnight, but national Weather Service meteorologists say not everybody got soaked like that in last night’s rainstorm.

Jabara Airport reported 1.93 inches of rain overnight, but the weather services office in west Wichita found only a tenth of an inch in the rain gauge.

The good news is that the dry spell that made prairie fires a hazard around Wichita is over. The Wichita area has 7.63 inches of rain so far this year, 3.13 inches above normal for this time of year, said Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The Saturday forecast, she said, is for a high of 82 with light winds and partly cloudy skies.