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Tuesday's storm wasn't large, but it packed punch

Tuesday’s thunderstorm in the Wichita metropolitan area must have been baffling to many people.

The National Weather Service office next to Mid-Continent Airport recorded only a trace of precipitation, but 1.5-inch hail fell only a couple miles away in west Wichita.

Nearly an inch of rain fell just north of the city, and 5 inches was reported near Burns in the Flint Hills. Cottonwood Falls, the Chase County seat, reported 4 inches. Not surprisingly, flash flooding was reported in that area, where there is little topsoil.

El Dorado and Newton received hardly a raindrop, but heavy rain fell in between them.

Hail stones as large as 1.75 inches fell near Sedan in southeast Kansas, and a short-lived tornado was reported in northcentral Kansas in Trego County. All in all, it was an active spring day for the weather in the Sunflower State.