Half of Garden City’s May rainfall descended on Monday night, with a precipitation total of almost 1.2 inches, putting the month's precipitation totals at a high point for the year.
Thus far in May, Garden City has gotten 2.27 inches of precipitation since May 15, and about half of the month’s rainfall occurred on Monday, according to Marc Russell, a meteorologist at the Dodge City National Weather Service. May has also seen more rain than any other month in 2018, giving much needed relief to southwest Kansas in an unusually dry year.
In both April and May, there was about a fourth of an inch of rain, and January and February saw minimal precipitation.
Areas to the north of Garden City saw even more rain on Monday. Almost 4 inches fell in Dighton, with precipitation levels ranging from 1.5 inches to 3.9 inches in Lane County.
“That’s a huge plus for the drought situation,” Russell said.
Dodge City and Ulysses both received about 1.65 inches of rain, and Scott City got nearly an inch.
The rains didn’t come without damage. High wind gusts in Gray County toppled a semi, a camper and knocked over a series of irrigation sprinklers. The metal roof of Santa Fe Christian School was also peeled back, according to Rayna Maddox, Gray County’s emergency preparedness director.
Southwest Kansas saw its share of hail, too, which ranged from quarter size in Lane and Scott counties to golf-ball size in Elkhart.
Despite multiple regional tornado warnings, none were confirmed by NWS.
Areas in Meade and Clark counties remained under tornado warnings as of press time Tuesday night. A tornado was reported in Gray County at about 5 p.m., according to social media reports indicating that it touched down near Ensign.
Wednesday night could bring more thunderstorms south of Garden City near Ulysses and Elkhart, but Russell said the storm systems should clear out by Thursday.
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