Sunday night’s storm dropped more than two inches of rain in some spots in Garden City, but there were few reports of storm damage from around the area.
Larry Ruthi, lead meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Dodge City, said while a tornado was reported near Lydia, it likely was not valid because no damage was found where it was reportedly spotted.
“An observer reported it, but we can’t find anything there,” Ruthi said.
He said there were a number of high wind reports in southwest Kansas Sunday night including 70 mph wind gusts in Grant County, 64 mph winds just east of the Garden City Regional Airport and 60 mph wind gusts in Kearny County.
While most area counties received a substantial amount of rain, only Haskell received any hail, which were pea-sized.
The Haskell County Sheriff’s Office reported no damage in their location.
Portions of Finney County received as much as 2.2 inches of rain.
Garden City Police Sgt. Bill Powers said the department received no calls about weather related damage Sunday night.
Ruthi said Scott City received 1.2 inches of rain, and 1.34 inches of rain fell in Ulysses.
While more than two inches of rain at one time is significant, Ruthi said it would take much more rain than that amount to result in any flooding.
“It’s a typical type thunderstorm,” he said.
Gilbert Valerio, emergency director of Finney County, received no reports of local damage.
“Just some minor street flooding, but that is normal,” Valerio said.
Jeff Elliott, farm manager of Kansas State Research Extension Center, said 1.47 inches of rain fell at the extension center Sunday night.
“It’s pretty good rain for July,” Elliot said.
On average, Garden City receives 2.8 inches of rain for the month of July. With 10 days to go, Garden City this month has received 3.7 inches of rain.
For the year through the month of July, Garden City normally averages 12.96 inches of rain, and so far, Garden City has received 13.67 inches of precipitation this year, Elliott said.
Scattered thunderstorms will fall through Tuesday night and Wednesday morning before drying out, Ruthi said.
Temperatures will top out in the 80s over the next two days before reaching the mid 90s Thursday and high 90s by the weekend, Ruthi said.