It’s only fitting that one of the wettest Augusts in Wichita history should bow out with a final dose of rain.
As has happened often this month, the heaviest bands of rain missed the official recording station next to Eisenhower National Airport in southwest Wichita, but the .04 logged Wednesday morning pushed the 2016 rainfall total to 8.24 inches.
That’s good for fourth place on the list of wettest Augusts in Wichita history.
“Portions of the city I’m sure had more” than .04 of an inch on Wednesday, said Andy Kleinsasser, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.
Rain gauges near Valley Center recorded nearly an inch, for example, and more than half an inch fell near Park City. Wichita recorded at least a trace of precipitation on 16 of August’s 31 days, according to weather service data.
More rain was possible on Thursday evening, Kleinsasser said, and with another .25 of an inch or so, 2016 would climb into third place on the list.
“It’s not completely out of the realm of possibility, given this tropical air mass,” Kleinsasser said.
The wet August continued a soggy summer, data shows. For the three-month period ending Wednesday, Wichita had recorded 20.78 inches of rain, good for the third-wettest summer on record.