Finger on the Weather

Hurricane-like winds have hit Wichita before

Courtesy of National Weather Service

Wichita’s no stranger to hurricane-force winds.

Thursday’s 80-mile-an-hour winds registered at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport marked the 20th time winds in Wichita reached at least 70 miles an hour, according to the National Weather Service.

Only one of those 20 – winds estimated to top 100 miles an hour on July 14, 1948 – occurred before 1970. But that date doesn’t mean winds were calmer before then, weather officials say. Reliable records on wind speeds are hard to find prior to that time.

Thursday’s potent winds brought some rain with them, but not a deluge. Wichita logged half an inch on Thursday, bringing the month’s total to 8.4 inches.

That’s a whopping 6.71 inches above normal for July, thanks primarily to the 7.14 inches that fell July 2-3.

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