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Think this May is wet? It hasn’t broken the rainfall record — yet. But it’s close.

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If you think this month seems a little wetter than usual in Wichita, you’re right.

We haven’t hit the rainfall record — yet. But it’s close.

And there’s a good chance we could break it.

The National Weather Service tweeted Sunday that with the morning’s rainfall, this is officially the second-wettest May on record. So far 11.96 inches of rain have fallen in Wichita at Eisenhower National Airport since May 1.

The record for the month of May, set in 2008, is 13.14 inches.

“We’re just an inch and a half away or so from breaking it,” National Weather Service meteorologist Roger Martin said in a phone interview Sunday afternoon.

What’s even more impressive, Martin said, is that if the rain continues as forecast, this month could end up the city’s wettest of all time. That record was set in June of 1923, when 14.43 inches of rain fell on Wichita.

As of Sunday morning, Wichita was only 2.47 inches short of it, the National Weather Service tweeted.

“It’s going to be close. I think a lot of it is going to depend on how much rain we see tonight,” Martin said, adding that if Sunday night’s storms match Saturday’s, “we would easily break the record.”

If Sunday night proves less wet, there’s another chance for rain Tuesday, he said.

But showers then could be scattered, meaning they might miss the airport, where rainfall is measured for record-keeping.

Usually Wichita gets about 4 1/2 inches of rain in May, Martin said.

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