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How wet has this month been in Kansas City? One for the records

Will Tuttle Creek Lake open its spillway and let more water into already swollen rivers?

With every rain, Tuttle Creek Lake near Manhattan, Kansas, creeps up to its record level set in 1993. At that time the Corps of Engineers had to release water from the lake which added more water to an already flooded Missouri River Basin.
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With every rain, Tuttle Creek Lake near Manhattan, Kansas, creeps up to its record level set in 1993. At that time the Corps of Engineers had to release water from the lake which added more water to an already flooded Missouri River Basin.

Get ready to mark this month down in Kansas City’s record books.

With 1.32 inches of rain falling at Kansas City International Airport Saturday, the metro area has seen its second-wettest May in the city’s 131-year history of collecting weather data, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

That brings the total precipitation for the month to 11.02 inches. This month’s total precipitation trails only May 1995, which was the wettest May on record in Kansas City at 12.75 inches.

What makes this month’s rainfall even more incredible is that it ranks as the eighth-wettest for any month in Kansas City’s history, according to the weather service. And there are still six more days to go.

The wettest month on record was September 1914, when 16.17 inches of precipitation fell.

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Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.

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