Finger on the Weather

Thursday morning’s rains push this July up among Wichita’s wettest

A pedestrian walks through the rain in an alley Thursday morning in downtown Wichita. Rain fell heavily at times before 8 a.m. but street flooding was limited to areas where flooding is common after a heavy rain.
A pedestrian walks through the rain in an alley Thursday morning in downtown Wichita. Rain fell heavily at times before 8 a.m. but street flooding was limited to areas where flooding is common after a heavy rain. The Wichita Eagle

Thursday morning’s heavy rain vaulted this month into one of the wettest Julys in Wichita’s history.

The spells of hard rain during the morning commute added up to 1.67 inches in southwest Wichita, lifting the total for the month to 7.4 inches. That’s good for sixth place on the list of Wichita’s wettest Julys, according to the National Weather Service.

The soggiest mid-summer month for Wichita came in 1950, when 13.37 inches fell, said Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

A handful of accidents had been reported by shortly after 7:30 a.m., including a vehicle that rolled into a guard rail on I-235 near the Broadway exit, according to a Sedgwick County emergency dispatcher. But no injuries were reported with any of the crashes.

A fire truck was sent to Laura and Mount Vernon shortly before 8 a.m. to check on a house that had been struck by lightning. That’s southwest of Harry and Hydraulic.

Skies began to clear by late morning, however, and Friday isn’t likely to add to Wichita’s rainfall total, Pearce said.

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

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