Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rainfall totals, more rain coming, and a skywatcher's guide

courtesy Glenna Alm - Wilson Lake
More rain in Kansas over the last 24 hours. Here are the totals:
Goodland: 1.53"
Medicine Lodge: 1.47"
Garden City: 1.46"
Dodge City: 1.29"
Hays: 1.12"
Newton: 0.97"
Elkhart: 0.92"
Liberal: 0.84"
Hill City: 0.78"
Wichita: 0.72"
Winfield: 0.64"
Russell: 0.62"
Jabara Airport: 0.56"
Salina: 0.51"
Great Bend: 0.42"
Smith Center: 0.32"
Dodge City has now had enough rain to push it into the 2nd wettest May since 2000 and the wettest since 2001. We still have 10 days to go before the end of the month AND more rain is coming.

The pattern continues to look stormy heading into the holiday weekend. The system is going to move across the Plains in different waves, and that's why the chances for storms will linger over 3-4 different days. Severe storms are possible, but it's looking less likely that they will be all that widespread. That being said, if you are planning to camp this weekend, make sure you have a way of getting weather information in the event we do have some severe storms. This active pattern will continue beyond the Memorial Day weekend. We will be looking at more rain chances through the end of the month. MAYBE... a pattern change will be coming in early June. We will be checking for any signs of change.

If you enjoy looking up at the sky, here is a guide at what you would be looking at during dusk. We will just have to hope the clouds clear for awhile. 

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