It has been a long time since the KVOE listening area had a widespread soaking rainfall.
Actually, residents enjoyed the area's first significant rainfall since late October -- nearly five months -- with rainfall Sunday night and Monday morning. And it had been August -- Aug. 6, to be exact -- since Emporia had better than two inches of rainfall. So far, Emporia hasn't topped 2 inches, but it got close at 1.95 inches from around 8 pm Sunday until 11 am Monday.
In case you wondered, the Aug. 6 activity soaked the area with 4.95 inches of rainfall.
Before this rainfall event, Emporia was at least three inches below normal to start the year. TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers says our overall weather pattern should get more active -- gradually.
Chances of rain return to the forecast on Sunday. If you have rainfall totals, call KVOE at 342-1400 or use the Bluestem Farm and Ranch text line at 620-342-5863.
5-10 am Monday: At long last, significant rainfall graces Flint Hills
This may be the most welcome 1.55 inches of rain we've received in a long time.
Rainfall totals have been impressive across the KVOE listening area from Sunday night into Monday Morning:
*KVOE studios: 1.9 inches
*Central Emporia: 1 inch
*East Emporia: 1.1 inches
*Emporia Municipal Airport: 1.44 inches
*Camp Alexander: 0.9 inches
*Allen: 0.50 inches
*Gridley: 0.90 inches
*Reading: 1.3 inches
With drought deepening across the Flint Hills, showers and embedded thundershowers began around 8 pm Sunday night and have continued into the morning hours. Lyon County and most of the KVOE listening area is now in severe drought, and conditions have gradually worsened for months:
*The last 1-inch rainfall at the KVOE studios was Oct. 22.
*The last rainfall of 0.7 inches was Oct. 9.
*The last half-inch rainfall in town was Oct. 6.
Rainfall could wind down Monday evening and will become more scattered to isolated as we get into the afternoon hours. Chances of rain return to the forecast on Sunday.