‘Unusual’ May rains have moved on from Johnson County — Check out totals in your area

Johnson County got nearly three inches of rain on average this week, when normally the area gets slightly more than four inches for the entire month of May. File image.

It was a rainy, dreary week in Johnson County, but Memorial Day weekend — the traditional start to summer — won’t be rained out, according to meteorologists. 

How rainy was it? The National Weather Service’s Kansas City field office says Johnson County received, on average, 2.6 inches of rain over the past few days, with some areas receiving upwards of three inches. 

  • For May, the Johnson County Airport has reported a total of 8.57 inches of rain. 

Is that normal? No, that’s a lot compared to most years.

  • Meteorologist Emily Klaus with the NWS said a more typical average for the area at this time of year is 4.28 inches.
  • “It’s been so cool, so it’s been an unusual spring,” Klaus said. “But it’s not that these never ever happen. They do happen, they’re not as frequent and they don’t happen every single year.”

Weekend looks sunnier: But going into the long holiday weekend, we can expect the sun to be back out. 

  • Warmer temperatures are predicted by the NWS for Friday through Monday, with a high of 78 today and a climb up to the high 80s by Monday. 
  • The NWS also predicts mostly sunny skies pretty much all weekend.

Preparing for the sun: While we don’t have to worry about getting rained on, Klaus said Johnson Countians should be cautious for other reasons. 

  • “Everyone’s going to want to go outside and have fun, but just to make sure to stay weather-aware and make sure you’re aware of your own symptoms with dealing with sunlight and heat,” she said. “We have gotten acclimated to some of these cooler temperatures, so just make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and taking breaks from the sun. Because even if it is windy outside, it can sneak up on you.” 

Rainfall totals: Here are some of the highest rainfall totals reported in Johnson County over the past seven days: 

  • 75th Street and K-7 (Shawnee): 3.23 inches (2.84 inches in last 48 hours)
  • Quivira Road at Coffee Creek (Overland Park): 3.07 inches (2.60 inches in last 48 hours)
  • 191st Street at East Wolf Creek (Overland Park): 3.03 inches (2.56 inches in last 48 hours)
  • 179th Street at Wolf Creek (Overland Park): 3.03 inches (2.60 inches in last 48 hours)
  • 199th Street and Newton Drive (Overland Park): 3.03 inches (2.60 inches in last 48 hours)

Other totals: Here are some other rain gauge measurements from around the county. These measurements are totals over the past seven days.

  • College Boulevard @ Mill Creek (Olathe): 2.68 inches
  • Lamar Avenue @ Turkey Creek (Mission): 2.60 inches
  • Woodland Road @ Coon Creek (Lenexa): 2.56 inches
  • 69th Street @ Turkey Creek (Merriam): 2.56 inches
  • 95th Street @ Camp Creek (De Soto): 2.56 inches
  • Mission Road @ Negro Creek (Leawood): 2.52 inches
  • Nall Avenue @ Brush Creek (Prairie Village): 2.44 inches
  • 74th Street @ Brush Creek (Mission Hills): 2.36 inches