Thunderstorms Bring Scattered Heavy Rain, Hail

Thunderstorms Bring Scattered Heavy Rain, Hail

Critical moisture misses many of most parched areas; winter wheat crop severely hurt by last week's heat, wind.

For some scattered regions of Kansas, a welcome break from heat and drought has arrived -- a break from wind, well, not so much.

Many areas of the state received some rain Sunday night and Monday with narrow bands in the direct path of thunderstorms getting up to 5 inches. Unfortunately, the parched southwest and south-central regions of the state received nothing to very little from the thunderstorms.

The official Wichita total came in at about 0.3 inches of rain while the region south of Wichita to the Oklahoma border received somewhere between zero to about 0.2 inches.

North of Wichita, a diagonal band of heavier rain fell but was accompanied by large hail.

Many areas of Kansas received rain Sunday night and Monday with narrow bands in the direct path of thunderstorms getting up to 5 inches.

"I'd say the damage from the hail pretty much offset the benefit of the rain on my wheat crop," said Sedgwick County farmer Jeff Winter. "This has been one really tough year."

Winter said the cooler temperatures that followed Sunday's storm outbreak will help the wheat however. The high in Wichita on Monday reached only 59 degrees and temperatures in the 60s are in the forecast for the rest of the week.

The howling winds that came with last week's 100-degree heat died down a bit, if you consider gusts to 30 mph to be mild, with calmer winds in the 7 mph to 15 mph range expected to prevail by the end of the week.

The immediate vicinity of Dodge City saw some of the state's heaviest rainfall, with reports of up to 5 inches of rainfall. Just 50 miles to the west, however, the rain missed Garden City entirely.

The National Weather Service reported that the scattered nature of the rainfall is common during thunderstorm season, which normally produces heavy rain – often accompanied by hail – but only in small areas directly in the path of the storms.

The Agricultural Statistics Service meanwhile, reported the impact of the heat, drought and wind on the winter wheat crop was devastating. Monday's numbers showed the crop condition as 23% very poor, 33% poor, 31% fair, 12% good and 1% excellent.

Pasture and rangeland, meanwhile was rated 12% very poor, 24% poor, 40% fair, 20% good and only 1% excellent. Stock water was 20% very short, 32% short, 48% adequate and 0% surplus.

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