2005 IS WETTEST SUMMER ON RECORD AT WICHITA MID-CONTINENT AIRPORT (8/29/2005)

By: Paul Howerton & Andy Kleinsasser

THE 1.20 INCHES OF RAIN THAT OCCURRED AT WICHITA MID-CONTINENT AIRPORT ON SUNDAY BROUGHT THE SUMMER RAINFALL TOTAL TO 23.61 INCHES. THIS BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 23.32 INCHES, WHICH WAS SET IN 1950. THE NORMAL SUMMER SEASONAL RAINFALL (SUMMER SEASON IS DEFINED AS JUNE-AUGUST) IS 10.50 INCHES. THE 23.61 INCH TOTAL IS ALSO THE GREATEST RAINFALL FOR ANY OF THE FOUR SEASONS.

ADDITIONALLY, 11.96 INCHES OF RAIN HAS OCCURRED SO FAR THIS MONTH, MAKING IT THE WETTEST AUGUST ON RECORD. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 8.86 INCHES IN AUGUST OF 1985. THE RECORD WAS BROKEN ON THE 24TH OF THIS MONTH, SO RECENT RAINFALL HAS ONLY ADDED INSULT TO INJURY. THERE HAVE BEEN 15 DAYS SO FAR THIS MONTH WHEN A TRACE OR MORE OF RAIN HAS OCCURRED, AND 8 DAYS WHEN AT LEAST AN INCH OF RAIN WAS MEASURED.

IF THE RAINFALL FOR SEPTEMBER THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR IS AVERAGE (8.58 INCHES), THE RESULTANT YEARLY TOTAL OF 41.91 INCHES WOULD MAKE 2005 THE 6TH WETTEST YEAR ON RECORD. HOWEVER, IF RAINFALL EXCEEDS THIS PROJECTED TOTAL BY ONLY 0.06 INCHES, 2005 WOULD MOVE UP TO 4TH WETTEST ON RECORD. THE LATEST FORECAST FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER IS FOR ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL FOR OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER. THE WETTEST YEAR ON RECORD WAS 1951, WHEN 50.48 INCHES OF RAIN OCCURRED.

RECORDS FOR WICHITA DATE BACK TO 1888.

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