Finger on the Weather

Friday is last, best shot to set May rainfall record

A fisherman casts on the spillway near I-235 and the 25th St. exit on May 26.
A fisherman casts on the spillway near I-235 and the 25th St. exit on May 26. The Wichita Eagle

More rain fell early Friday morning in Wichita, but unless there’s a substantial downpour later today 2015 won’t climb to the top of the heap for wettest Mays in the city’s history.

A mere .05 of an inch was logged at the National Weather Service office in west Wichita, raising this month’s precipitation total to 11.77 inches. That’s good for second place on the Top 10 list of wettest Mays in Wichita.

The top spot belongs to 2008, with 13.14 inches. For 2015 to claim the top spot, it’ll need to rain 1.38 inches by the end of the day Sunday.

“There’s still time, but there’s not that much time,” said Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Today is our best shot.”

Overnight rainfall totals reflect the happenstance that commonly impacts moisture totals. While west Wichita only received light rain overnight, the northeast corner of the city got a good soaking. Jabara Airport logged .73 of an inch.

There’s a slight chance of rain Saturday as well, forecasters say, but the weather pattern shows signs of drying out for several days after that.

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

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