Rain the weather news for June
By MIKE CORN
To say it's been a wet month in northwest Kansas would be an understatement.
And Utica can lay claim to the biggest area rainfall totals, although the areas around the cities of Ellis and Gove aren't far behind.
Utica picked up 13.79 inches of rain in June, approximately a quarter inch more than the 13.55 inches reported nearly 6 miles west of Ellis.
Rainfall during June amounted to 9.45 inches -- the third wettest June on record -- at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center south of Hays. Normal is 1.89 inches.
The wettest June was 1951, when 13.13 inches fell. The second wettest was in 1909, when 10.21 inches fell.
All told, 36 locations in northwest Kansas reported rainfall amounts in excess of 10 inches in June, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network, an online collaboration of weather observers.
But not everyone had such good fortune.
At the Northwest Research-Extension Center in Colby, rainfall in June stood at 5.25 inches. While that's considerably more than normal, it pales in comparison to other locations.
Goodland had 5.53 inches of rain in June, while Hill City added 6.93 inches to its total.
Temperatures were about average in June, hitting 100 degrees only once, according to weather records at the research center south of Hays.
Area rainfall totals in excess of 10 inches:
Hays 1.7 NW, 10.45
Dorrance 2.3 ENE, 10.36
Gorham 2.4 NW, 10.3
Ellis 12.0 NNE, 10.3
Bison 2.9 NW, 10.21
Hays 3.1 SE, 10.07
Galatia 4.6 E, 10.05
Victoria 0.1 ESE, 10.04