Copious Rainfall Amounts Received in much of South Central and Southeast Kansas over the Weekend (8/15/2005)

By: Jim Caruso

A slow-moving frontal boundary interacted with high moisture to produce locally heavy rainfall over the weekend of August 12th-14th, 2005.

Other than isolated 60 mph wind reports in Reno and Mcpherson Counties on Friday, the front came through the area not producing severe weather, but instead, much needed rainfall for the area. The most substantial rainfall amounts, on the order of 1 to 3 inches, occurred across south central and southeastern Kansas from Friday through Sunday. Although the rain was locally heavy at times, only minor street flooding was reported in portions of Sedgwick, Butler and Sumner Counties.

  The following are 3 day rainfall totals from Friday through Sunday:
  Wichita (ICT):    3.66 inches
  Jabara Airport:   2.98 inches
  Chanute, KS:      2.90 inches
  Salina, KS:       1.86 inches
  Parsons, KS:      1.84 inches
  Coffeyville, KS   1.84 inches

In addition to the much needed rainfall, the cold front ushered in much cooler air by the end of the weekend. On Saturday, Russell set a record coolest high temperature of 69 degrees. That broke the previous record of 72 degrees set back in 1989. On Sunday, Wichita set a record coolest high temperature of 68 degrees. This broke the previous record of 69 degrees set back in 1964.

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