4th wettest July on record in Wichita

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WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita sets a new record after last night’s heavy rainfall.

The National Weather Service of Wichita confirms it is now the 4th wettest July ever recorded in the city, but there’s a possibility that could change if more rainfall heads our way.

Wichita received more than 1.5 inches of heavy rain Saturday night.

“As of right now at this moment this afternoon Wichita is already in the fourth place for wettest July, said Dave Freeman, Chief Meteorologist for KSNW.

The additional rainfall gave central Kansas the much needed moisture, but KSNW Chief Meteorologist Dave Freeman says it’s a different story in western parts of the state.

“However when you look at the July totals for our neighbors in western Kansas it is different as night and day,” said Freeman.

When it comes to the drought Freeman points out it hasn’t made much of a difference in Dodge City, Garden City, Goodland, and Hills City because these communities haven’t been receiving as much rain.

However city leaders say there’s been a slight improvement in the drought in Wichita.

The Wichita Public Works & Utilities Department sent out an email to local media Sunday morning revealing that the current water level at Cheney Lake is now up to 72%.

“If we don’t get some good rain in June, July, and August from thunderstorms then we have a hard time making that up as we go into the last part of the year,” said Freeman. “So the summer months and the thunderstorms that we get are extremely important to us and all you have to do is to look at how horribly dry the past couple of years were in the summer to see the impact.”

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