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A summer's worth of hail, thunder and lightning

It was a cool, wet summer in Wichita and much of Kansas. That made for a rather tranquil season in terms of severe weather. But there were a few head-turning storms, such as the tornado outbreak in central Kansas on June 15 and a hail storm that raked parts of downtown and west Wichita with large hail on July 8.

The massive hail storm brought with it intense lightning and thunder so loud it sounded like artillery explosions at close range. But by late August, nights had turned uncommonly crisp and days were remarkably mild for that time of year.