By Ken Stephens
The Hutchinson News
Fast-moving thunderstorms literally blew though much of Kansas on Sunday night.
Rainfall was usually intense but all too brief, wetting the parched ground with as little as a few hundredths of an inch of rain in the northwest to upwards of two inches north of Salina and southeast of Dodge City.
Hutchinson got 0.58 inches of rain during a brief storm that moved through town with high winds about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Nearby Sterling got 1.11 inches, Mount Hope 1.09, Inman 1.05, Hesston 0.73 and Pretty Prairie 0.27.
Unofficial reports had 4.25 inches of rain at Lake City and 3.47 at Coldwater in the southern part of the state. But for the most part, the heaviest rains fell north of Interstate 70. Barnard in Lincoln County reported 2.83 inches and Randolph in Riley County reported 2.66. Amounts exceeding 1.5 inches were common north of Salina and Manhattan.
The next few days offer at least the possibility of more rain.
The National Weather Service said there will be a slight chance of thunderstorms mainly north of Interstate 70 today, and then perhaps as far south as U.S. 50 tonight. Chances for rain improve across all of central Kansas from Wednesday night through Saturday. Several lines of strong to severe storms can be expected, along with heavy rain, the weather service said.
In the western third of the state, the weather service said there will be a chance of severe thunderstorms, large hail and winds up to 70 miles per hour north of U.S. 50 between 5 and 8 p.m. today. Thunderstorms will remain a possibility across western Kansas Wednesday through Sunday.
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