The recent rainfall in Kansas has shattered records across the state and helped ease drought conditions in some sections, according to weather experts.
Mary Knapp, state climatologist, said that in the first nine days of August, 144 daily precipitation records were broken across the state. Four of those records were in Hutchinson, including a 6-inch rainfall on Aug. 4 that broke the record for the amount of daily rainfall for any day in August, The Hutchinson News reported. The previous record was set when 3.3 inches of rain fell on Aug. 25, 2012.
About 75 percent of a year’s precipitation happens between May and September, with June typically the wettest month. This year June recorded 1.92 inches of rain in Hutchinson. So far, August has had about 10 inches.
Knapp also said, however, that although the rain has helped with the drought, a wetter-than-average month doesn’t make up for weeks of no rain. When the ground is dry, it can’t quickly soak up the water, which increases flooding.
“You won’t get the same benefit from it as you would have if it would have been spread out,” she said.