Finger on the Weather

Wichita finally gets some rain – but not much

Lightning strikes during Tuesday night’s storms in northern Sedgwick County.
Lightning strikes during Tuesday night’s storms in northern Sedgwick County. Courtesy of Brandon Ivey

The sporadic rains that dampened the area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning brought smiles but little meaningful impact to Wichita’s moisture deficit.

The National Weather Service logged 0.14 of an inch Tuesday and 0.16 on Wednesday next to Mid-Continent Airport. More amounts fell elsewhere in the area, including Salina, Hutchinson and Valley Center.

“Some places got lucky and got a bit more,” said Robb Lawson, a meteorologist for the Wichita branch of the agency. “If you got underneath one of the more intense storms, you could get some” accumulation.

“They just didn’t cover a lot of area.”

The rain hoisted Wichita’s rainfall total for September to 0.47 of an inch, nearly 2 inches below normal, said Jaclyn Ritzman, another meteorologist for the weather service. For the year, Wichita has logged 22.61 inches. That’s about 3.5 inches below normal.

The next meaningful chance for rain in the Wichita area won’t return until early next week, Lawson said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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