Finger on the Weather

Where the rain fell on Wednesday

As this rainfall map shows, Wichita missed the heavier rains on Wednesday.

But the map — which shows 24-hour rainfall totals through 7 a.m. Thursday — also reflects why forecasters are concerned about the potential for flooding in the tier of counties along the Oklahoma border.

Three to five inches of rain was reported in Cowley County, with similar totals in Harper and Barber counties. The .17 listed for Wichita is an estimate: Jabara Airport in northeast Wichita logged .07 of an inch as of 7 a.m. Thursday, while the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service reported .30 on the west side of town.

More rain is expected in the region late Thursday night into Friday morning. Some of the rainfall totals could be signficant.

“These are very efficient rain-makers,” Janet Salazar, a meteorologist with the weather service, said of the storms.

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