Kansas State University

  1. K-State Home
  2. »Agronomy Home
  3. »K-State Agronomy eUpdates eUpdates
  4. »eUpdate 588 September 2nd, 2016»Wet August in Kansas

K-State Agronomy eUpdates eUpdates

Department of Agronomy

Kansas State University

1712 Claflin Rd.

2004 Throckmorton PSC

Manhatan, KS 66506

785-532-6101

agronomy@ksu.edu

Extension Agronomy

Wet August in Kansas

Total August precipitation for many of the Kansas stations is available now, and has shown some interesting patterns.

Overall the state was wet. Normal statewide August average precipitation is 3.28 inches. However, this year the statewide average is 4.71 inches, or 144 percent of normal. Naturally, some parts of the state didn’t have as much beneficial rainfall, particularly in the Northwestern Division. However, there were three areas of the state that were extremely wet: the Scandia area in Republic County, Sedgwick County, and the Olathe area. Below are maps showing the August precipitation and departures from normal:

These heavy totals contributed to flooding problems in these areas. Flooding, however, is affected not only but the totals but by the intensity. Below are some of the highest rainfall rates, based on 5-minute data from the KSRE Mesonet stations:

KSRE Mesonet stations with the highest rainfall rates

Stations

Max 5 minute (in)

Time of Max 5min

Date of Daily Max (in)

August total (in)

Olathe

0.26

8/24/2016 20:15

2.04

5.67

Mitchell

0.30

8/19/2016 13:50

1.86

6.85

Scandia

0.38

8/19/2016 14:20

1.80

7.60

Haysville

0.43

8/6/2016 5:45

6.41

12.11

Butler

0.47

8/30/2016 17:45

1.49

5.24

 

 

 

Looking at it slightly differently, you can see those highest intensity rates didn’t all match with the stations with the highest rainfall totals:

KSRE Mesonet stations with highest totals

Stations

August Totals

Olathe

5.67

Hutchinson 10SW

7.85

Clay

8.18

Haysville

12.11

Osborne

12.62

 

Amazingly, there were 18 stations among the rainfall monitoring networks in Kansas with more than 10 inches total for the month:

 

 

 

KSRE Mesonet/NWS COOP/ CoCoRaHS stations with greater than 10" of precipitation in August

Stations

August Totals

PECK 2 S

13.84

Osborne

12.62

Haysville

12.11

HAYSVILLE 3SE

11.93

POTWIN

11.81

MULVANE 4.3 WSW

11.77

OLATHE JOHNSON CO AP

11.70

BARNARD 7.5 ENE

11.52

OVERLAND PARK S 87TH

11.03

HILLSBORO 5.3 S

10.83

HUNTER 7.6 WSW

10.81

BELOIT 9.9 SSW

10.74

PRETTY PRAIRIE 1 N

10.57

PRETTY PRAIRIE 3.1 ENE

10.55

IONIA

10.49

DERBY 2.9 N

10.29

BURNS 1S

10.23

CHENEY 0.5 NNE

10.21

   

 

Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library  
mknapp@k-state.edu

Christopher Redmond, Weather Data Library
christopherredmond@k-state.edu