Good morning everyone and happy Friday. Incredible rainfall and flooding strikes again. Places that just had major rains about 3-4 weeks ago have been hit once again. Rainfall amounts over 9 inches are coming in from southern Sedgwick county and the pictures are amazing.
4 NW Clearwater: 9.31"
SW Butler County: 9"
Eisenhower (Wichita): 6.58"
Wichita is pushing closer to 4th wettest year on record. We need another 10 inches of rain to rival the wettest year on record (which was 2008).
Here's an update - we expect scattered storms after 4 or 5 p.m. A few may produce some strong winds and smaller hail, but #1 on our list is more flooding. Our latest Future Track model has scattered storms from Salina to Wichita and southeast by 9 p.m. By the time we get to 11:30, the biggest rains will be over southeast Kansas. Those areas absolutely don't need more rain, but we could see another 1-3" with the next round.
|9:30 Friday night|
|11:30 Friday night|
Part of the reason for the heavy, soaking rains is the leftover tropical moisture from Newton. The other piece is that we just a have a slow moving front that is stuck right over south central Kansas. I've lost count how many of these slow moving fronts we've had this summer, but it's been more than a half dozen.
Once our cold front moves through, we get rid of the humidity and the rain chances for awhile. A strong cold front will enter Kansas early next week (Monday), and look what happens to our temperatures. Highs will be in the 60s and 70s for most of the state for Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday. Incredible fall like feel coming our way soon.