Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hot Thursday afternoon in Wichita

Believe it or not, Wichita hit 98 degrees this afternoon.  This is the warmest day we've experienced since August 8th, which is the last day we hit triples (104).  In case you've forgotten, the number of  triple-digit days in Wichita has been stuck at 34 for the last 3 weeks.  Trust me, I haven't heard any complaints about that!

There were some spots in Kansas today that hit 100 (Colby, Smith Center, Hill City and Lawrence).  McCook, Nebraska hit triples today too, the 37th time this summer, tying their record of 100 degree days in a year (current record: 1936).

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Nice rains this morning!

Map courtesy of CoCoRaHS.

I never thought I'd be so excited about puddles of water!  Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport is now up to 2.19" of rain since early Friday morning.  I've seen other 1-3" amounts around town and Sedgwick County, with around 2-3" commonplace across Reno County.  It appears the area south of Wichita along the Kansas/Oklahoma border hasn't seen nearly as much rain as everyone else, with the same sad story being told out in far western Kansas near the Kansas/Colorado border.

Thankfully, the upper level storm system is still near Hays this morning, so the lift provided by storm system and all of the moisture in the state will lead to more rain chances this afternoon.  I could easily see some spots picking up another 1-1.5", perhaps more in places.

Repeating: Kansas is NOT done yet with the rainfall!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

100% chance of a weekend shower

When we talk about rainfall chances here on KWCH, we never use percentages.  We prefer to just use plain English to describe the forecast.  But this upcoming weekend, I can say confidently that there is a 100% chance of a shower: either the meteorological or the astronomical kind.  Saturday night into early Sunday marks the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower.  Unfortunately, the timing is not the best as we have a chance of showers and storms during that same time.

Sky lovers: not to worry!  While the weekend does mark the peak of the meteor shower, the Perseids can still be found by looking NE in the nighttime sky (generally after 11 p.m. local time) until late August.  So if ol' Ma Nature decides to rain things out Saturday night, you could get your chance Sunday night too.