It has been a very soggy past 36 hours for Wellington. Just a week after a major winter storm hit the state, it was greeted with a powerful spring storm all its own.
James Fair with Sumner County Emergency Management reported that, "Wellington doesn’t have an official weather meter installed by the National Weather Service in Wichita…however, they have a program (CoCoRaHS) of volunteer weather data suppliers around the area.
These volunteers measure precipitation, and temperatures…then transmit that information to the National Weather Service in Wichita, which then becomes additional information.
The CoCoRaHS station closest to Wellington is located 1.3 miles west of town…and from 3/12/19 through 3/13/19 the amount of moisture recorded is 1.3”
Flooding became an issue north and west of Sumner County, with multiple warnings issued in Central Kansas. But, as of 6:00 Wednesday evening, Slate Creek in Wellington had a depth of 14.75 feet. As of 5:45 Wednesday afternoon, the Arkansas River at Oxford had a reading of 11.44 feet. However, west of Wellington, near Corbin, the Chikaskia River was only reading at 3.06 feet as of 8:00 Wednesday morning.
With the departure of the heavy rainfall came the arrival very gusty winds late Wednesday morning. Sumner County and the surrounding area were placed under a High Wind Warning by the National Weather Service. That warning was extended into Thursday afternoon. With the low barometric pressure, the wind gusts were equal to a Category 2 hurricane, according to the National Weather Service. There were reports of multiple power lines down in Wichita and rural Sedgwick County.
Fair commented that "the only wind related issues we are aware of…power poles blown over at Ridge and Sedgwick county line about 6:30pm yesterday (Wednesday)… other than that, nothing out of the ordinary."
Temperatures were spring-like in the mid-60s in south central Kansas on Wednesday. A cold front, however, dropped temperatures Thursday down into the 40s for highs.
On the flip side, blizzard conditions once again plagued the northwest corner of the state, with both Interstate 70 and Highway 36 closed at the Colorado border due to white-out conditions.