Finger on the Weather

Large hail, strong winds sweep through Wichita area Monday

Wichita was spared the tornadoes that struck several states Monday, but strong storms nonetheless pounded the metropolitan area.

A funnel cloud was reported shortly after 5 p.m. northeast of Viola, though it never reached the ground. Winds of 70 miles an hour were recorded in Derby, National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Pearce said.

Hail as large as an inch in diameter was reported in multiple locations, including Harry and Rock Road in southeast Wichita, Central and Ridge Road in west Wichita and West Street and MacArthur Road in southwest Wichita.

A tree with a 6-inch trunk was snapped off at Lewis and Laura not far from downtown.

The storm didn’t bring much rain, though: Only .33 of an inch fell at the weather service’s recording site next to Eisenhower National Airport. That lifted Wichita’s rainfall total for May to .45, which is .75 below average.

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