It has been quite some time since farmers in southeast Kansas have wished for rain. Just how wet has it been down in that corner of the state? Records have been broken and new ones have been set!
Are you familiar with the term "toad-strangler"? It means a very heavy rain - enough to strangle a toad. On May 15, several location in parts of eastern and central KS experienced this kind of rainfall event. Read more in this article from several Agronomy Extension specialists.
The Kansas Mesonet is always working to expand its "toolbox" for Kansas farmers and other agricultural professionals. They have released a new feature that tracks the number of days since a rainfall event. This information will prove useful for monitoring the activation of chemicals, assessing crop performance, and more.
When rain falls in Kansas during the summer, it's usually a big deal. You can measure and report this rainfall in your own backyard! To learn more about becoming a volunteer observer in Kansas, please read this article from Mary Knapp, Assistant State Climatologist for Kansas.
The weather community has its own March Madness event and it involves recruiting volunteer weather observers. CoCoRaHS, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network, is a citizen-based project where observers measure and report precipitation at their homes or business using a standard, high-quality rain gauge. Learn more in this article! We need you!
This article examines the rainfall totals across Kansas during spring (March, April, and May) more closely. Statistics are provided for the different climate divisions and at the county level. The updated summer weather outlook for Kansas from the Climate Prediction Center is also discussed.
The meteorological start of the 2023 growing season was on April 1. The average precipitation across southwest Kansas for this 4-month period is 16.29 inches which ranks as the 5th wettest April-July on record in that division, dating back to the start of official climate records in 1895.