Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Rainfall amounts and a look at what's to come!

6 miles NE of Salina into Ottawa county
Good morning everyone. Here are some rainfall amounts through 7 a.m. Tuesday (5/5/15)
6 miles N of I-70 near Salina - 4.25"
Manhattan - 4.22"
4 miles south of Great Bend - 4"
Geneseo - 3.50"
Salina - 1.87"
Great Bend - 1.24"
Garden City - 1.11"
Russell - 0.83"
Liberal - 0.57"
Concordia - 0.54"
Dodge City - 0.52"
Elkhart - 0.34"
Topeka - 0.26'
Hill City - 0.11"
Goodland - 0.02"

The main focus for additional rain through Tuesday afternoon will be west of a Dodge City to Hays line. Storms will not be severe, but some pockets of brief heavy downpours are likely.

Heading into Tuesday night, the focus for additional rain will spread east to include the rest of Kansas. Severe weather isn't likely, but our main concern will center around heavy rainfall in places that just had a bunch Monday night. This will be the kind of rain that will run some water into ponds and lakes.

Widely scattered storms will develop Wednesday afternoon and evening across central and eastern Kansas. Some of the storms will produce hail and high winds, but widespread severe weather is unlikely.

I expect widespread heavy rains to cover southwest, central, and eastern Kansas come Thursday AND Friday nights. Once again, the severe weather potential may be rather low (in terms of hail and high winds) but we will have to closely monitor for flooding. Just doesn't seem right that we would have a flooding concern when it's been so dry, but this will continue to be a stormy pattern with rain coming through about every 18-24 hours. And the storm chances will continue into the weekend. A very large storm system will kick out across the Plains into Saturday afternoon and evening. There is a strong possibility for severe storms heading into Saturday evening in Kansas. All modes of severe weather may be possible, so stay tuned for additional updates. We don't see things drying out and calming down until Mother's Day. 

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