Rain At Last, But With A Price -- And Little Relief From Heat

Kansas Viewpoint

Storms bring two inches of rain, but also high winds, hail, power outages

Published on: August 7, 2011
Wichita and most of south central Kansas finally got rain this week. Almost two inches fell in the Wichita metro area on Aug. 3 and we've had another round of storms with at least some rain since then.

But the water came with a price. Hail and power outages came with the storms that hit with 60 to 70 mph winds about 10 p.m. Wednesday night. Tree limbs are down all over town and the silver maple at the side of my driveway lost a big limb right out of the center of the tree. The wisteria was flattened and the picnic table on the deck wound up in the neighbor's back yard.

Still, rain was welcome. I feel a little like the folks in Texas hoping for a hurricane. You know there will be damage and loss, but almost anything is worth it if water comes, too.

Sadly, however, it hasn't really done too much to stop the heat. It hit 104 again this afternoon and the forecast is for "near 100" on Monday. The good news, looking out into next week, is there are days with only two digits in the forecast high and on Wednesday that number starts with an "8". Additional rounds of storms are also in the forecast, raising hope that the long hot, dry spell might finally be breaking up.

It almost makes me want to plant a fall garden.

Almost.