Finger on the Weather

Monday’s rain continues Wichita’s soggy summer

Monday morning offered yet another batch of downpours for Wichita this summer.

By the time skies cleared in midmorning, 1.9 inches of rain had fallen at the National Weather Service branch next to Eisenhower National Airport in southwest Wichita. That hoisted the August rainfall total to 3.5 inches – more than triple the average for the first third of the month, which is 1.11 inches.

The rainfall increased the precipitation total for the year to 29.51 inches, which is more than 8 inches above normal for this time of year.

Other parts of Wichita recorded more than 2 inches of rain, prompting street flooding in commonly vulnerable areas of the city. A map of rainfall totals generated by the weather service shows that rain stretched from Great Bend in central Kansas through Wichita and into the southern Flint Hills, where nearly 4 inches was reported.

No rain is in Wichita’s forecast for the rest of the week.

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