MORE RAIN ONLY ADDS TO AN ALREADY SATURATED JUNE (6/21/2004)

By: Andy Kleinsasser

Rainfall is recorded in Wichita fifteen of the first twenty- one days in June.

A stagnant frontal boundary along the Kansas and Oklahoma border has resulted in numerous rounds of mainly nighttime thunderstorms over the past five nights across central and south-central Kansas, and portions of southeast Kansas. With the exception for a few isolated events, severe weather in the form of large hail and damaging winds has been sparse. Of greater note, however, is the impressive rainfall totals. So far for the month of June, 7.06 inches of rain has fallen in Wichita, already 2.81 inches above the normal June rainfall of 4.25 inches. Of that 7.06 inches, 3.31 inches has fallen over the past five nights. Wichita only needs an additional 1.26 inches to break into the top ten wettest Junes on record for Wichita (please refer to the table below). A sampling of June rainfall totals to date for other sites around central and southeast Kansas include: Salina at 2.29 inches, Hutchinson at 6.01 inches, Chanute at 5.59 inches, and Russell at 3.88 inches. Interestingly, June is typically the wettest month of the year.

Additionally, Wichita's annual precipitation to date is 20.96 inches, only 8.37 inches behind the average annual precipitation of 29.33 inches for Wichita. With a little more than six months to go in the year, it is conceivable that Wichita will finish the year above normal, precipitation- wise.

   TOP 10 WETTEST JUNES ON RECORD FOR WICHITA

RAINFALL INCHES YEAR --------------- ----

1 14.43 1923 2 12.10 1928 3 10.46 1957 4 10.07 1951 5 9.76 1948 6 9.43 1894 7 8.90 1939 8 8.86 1995 9 8.69 1942 10 8.32 1916 ?? ???? 2004

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