We don’t have a meteorologist on staff here at Shawnee Mission Post, but each time we look out the door lately, it seems to be wet in the NEJC viewing area.
It was just over a month ago that we were talking to Dennis Patton at the Johnson County Extension Office about the dry spring and how that was setting us up for a potentially hot and dry summer. Well, that was about 10 inches of rain ago.
In the last month, virtually all of the rain sensors scattered along Rock Creek, Turkey Creek and Brush Creek in NEJC have recorded close to 10 inches of rain. In some places, nearly half of that has come in the last seven days.
Turkey Creek at Johnson Drive recorded the heaviest 30-day rainfall at 10.28 inches, but all along the watersheds, the totals ran well over 9 inches and up to 9.97 at Brush Creek and 74th Street.
This week we have been clobbered with nearly five inches of rain. In the last seven days, Rock Creek at Martway registered 5.24 inches of rain and 63rd and Mission had 5.32 inches. Johnson Drive at Turkey Creek had 5.56 inches in the seven days and every other recording point was either above or close to the five-inch make,
Just in the last 24 hours, the rainfall has hit more than two inches at all of the recording stations, including 2.4 inches at 63rd and Mission and 2.76 inches at Johnson Drive and Turkey Creek.
After the wave of storms and tornado watches were over from Thursday afternoon and evening, we still got another inch of rain or more. Between 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today, the 1.34 inches that fell at 63rd and Mission was typical all along the creeks.
Not surprising, the National Weather Service has had a flash flood watch or warning in effect off and on through the heavy rainfall. The bad news is that the flood watch is in effect for another day because – you guessed it – more rain is predicted. “Rainfall rates in the 1 to 2 inch per hour range are possible which could lead to flash flooding,” the NWS said this morning. “Several rounds of thunderstorms are expected across Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri through tomorrow (Saturday) morning. This additional rainfall combined with the rain that has already fallen this week could lead to flash flooding.”
Get ready for more of the same. The forecast now has an 80 percent change of afternoon thunderstorms coming through today.