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Some relief: Rains help quench thirst in NWKS

8/24/2012

By MIKE CORN

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

There were smiles in much of northwest Kansas this morning, and likely water flowing in southwest Trego County where 4.65 inches of rain was reported overnight. Just a few miles away, there was a report of 4.52 inches.

Only a half-inch of rain fell a few miles south of WaKeeney.

Elsewhere, rainfall amounts varied widely, according to rainfall reports issued to CoCoRaHS, a network of volunteer weather observers who post rainfall data online.

Northwest of Stockton, 3.43 inches were reported. The same amount was reported northeast of Ness City. Nearly 2 inches of rain fell near Smith Center. Northeast of Norton, however, only had 0.08 of an inch of rain reported, but approximately 20 miles west of there in Decatur County, 3.09 inches was reported.

The National Weather Service office in Goodland recorded only 0.01 of an inch.

Ellis County rainfall varied widely, CoCoRaHs reported, with a high of 1.44 northeast of Ellis and a low of 0.82 of an inch southwest of Antonino.

At the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center, 0.94 of an inch of rain fell overnight.

That's the biggest rain reported at the research center since May 31, when 1.07 inches of rain was reported.