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Rainy week in Kansas City eases drought conditions for the area

The rains that soaked Kansas City Wednesday nearly erased the deficit the area was seeing when it came to precipitation this year.
The rains that soaked Kansas City Wednesday nearly erased the deficit the area was seeing when it came to precipitation this year. The Star

Kansas City saw record rainfall Wednesday that nearly erased the deficit the area had for this year.

A total of 1.44 inches of rain fell at Kansas City International Airport Wednesday, setting a new record for the most rain to fall on March 29.

The rain was a welcome sight for Kansas City, which was facing moderate drought conditions. The Kansas City area was more than 1.8 inches shy of the normal precipitation for the year.

But after Wednesday’s storm, 4.25 inches of precipitation have fallen at KCI so far this year. That’s about a half inch below the normal precipitation of 4.71 inches.

Wednesday’s rains didn’t erase the precipitation deficit, but the Kansas City area is in the midst of a wet period. Off-and-on rain showers will likely continue through much of Thursday, bringing an additional .25 inch of rain before tapering off by evening.

Thursday’s high will be in the lower 50s. There will be a brief drying out on Friday, with the high reaching the mid-50s.

But additional rain and thunderstorms are expected to return Saturday evening into Sunday. Dry conditions are expected to return Sunday afternoon or evening and remain in the area for the beginning of the work week.

Storms could return once gain by mid-week.

 

Kansas City's heaviest rainfall last 48 hours

Soaking rains moved through the Kansas City area, nearly erasing a moderate drought the area has been experiencing this year. Here's a look at the areas with the heaviest rainfall in the last 48 hours according to StormWatch data.

SiteBasin48 Hour
Kansas 10 at Cedar CreekCedar Creek2.99in
Sheridan Street at Indian CreekIndian Creek2.88in
95th Street Camp CreekCedar Creek2.88in
Desoto Streamway ParkCedar Creek2.68in
143rd Street at Kill CreekKill Creek2.64in
127th Street at Kill CreekKill Creek2.60in
191st Street at Dillie RoadBull Creek2.60in
102nd Street at Lexington AveKill Creek2.52in
75th Street at Kansas 7Mill Creek2.48in
Johnson Drive and Kansas 7Mill Creek2.44in

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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