Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sunsets, rain totals, and another round coming

Doppler estimated totals from storms Wednesday night
In typical Kansas rainfall fashion, most of you didn't get any rain at all, some had a little, and others had rainfall coming down at over 4 inches per hour. While covering the severe storms in Wichita Wednesday night, our measuring equipment at the station had a rainfall rate of over 4 inches per hour that lasted for just a few minutes. The wind was also a bit crazy with McConnell AFB recording a wind gust to 71 mph. There were some reports of tree damage around Douglass and near Augusta in Butler county.

Rainfall totals ending at 7 a.m. Thursday:
3 NW Emporia: 3.15"
Topeka: 2.01"
Jabara Airport: 0.94"
Wichita: 0.89"
Winfield: 0.89"
Newton: 0.47"
Hill City: 0.25"
Hutch: 0.12"
Great Bend: 0.08"
Russell: 0.07"
Salina: Trace

Thursday evening storms will form in the west and move east
After midnight (early Friday morning), storms will be rolling into central Kansas
The focus for storms was basically east Wednesday night, but for tonight, the focus will shift back to the west. The next round is forecast to develop this evening in western Kansas and eastern Colorado. It should move east/southeast heading into the night. Some strong wind will be possible, but we are not forecasting widespread severe storms.

I shared some sunset pictures Wednesday night on the air, but a few more came in later in the night. The developing storms Wednesday evening helped create a dramatic sunset for those in central and south central Kansas. Some of the best color I've seen in a little while.
Beautiful sunset Wednesday evening. Picture from Kerra Whitaker

Kelly Nachtigal - Newton

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