Monday, June 9, 2014

Rainfall totals & Gladiator Dash results

Rain on Monday pivoting around the storm
I hope everyone had a great weekend. The rain is making a lot of people happy (based on the comments I'm seeing on Facebook and Twitter) I just hope we don't get all of summer rain in about 2 weeks time and then when we need it in July, we won't be able to buy a drop. I'm not saying that will be case, but it would be nice to spread out the rain chances. Farmers that have a wheat crop to harvest are probably looking for some drier weather in the days and weeks ahead, but at least for this week (and probably next), the longest dry stretch we will have will be about 3 days.

Here are some rainfall totals ending at 7 a.m. for western and central Kansas. Other numbers will be coming in later this morning, and I'll share those online too.
Hill City: 1.83"
Leoti: 1.10" (weekend amount)
Garden City: 1.01"
Goodland: 0.89"
Elkhart: 0.86"
Dodge City: 0.61"
Liberal: 0.55"
Hays: 0.20"
Medicine Lodge: 0.19"
Russell: 0.09"
Great Bend: 0.08"

What we are dealing with today is a low pressure system winding up over Kansas. The wind goes counter-clockwise around a "L", so if you get a chance to look at a radar today, you'll see that spin over Kansas. This system will move out tonight. The next chance for moisture enters the picture midweek. A cold front will arrive Wednesday night and that will bring storms back to Kansas (maybe some severe weather too)
Storms firing up on the cold front Wednesday evening
Forecast rainfall amounts over the next 7-10 days show the potential for more heavy rains in central and eastern Kansas. We could have a widespread event Wednesday night and then another one Saturday night - Sunday. There could be some severe weather next weekend too, along with the chances for widespread, heavy rainfall.

Gladiator Dash - who doesn't love getting covered in mud?
The Gladiator Dash Saturday was a lot of fun. My parents were able to come down and take some pictures of me wading through the mud. I don't know how many people were out at Sedgwick County Park, but must have been 500-700 people. The weather was perfect for the race and I'm just pleased that I made it through all of the obstacles in one piece. I finished in 2nd place for the 11:30 wave. Have a great week.

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