Rain Brings Relief To SW Kansas

By: AP Posted by Josh Mabry
By: AP Posted by Josh Mabry

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Steady rain over the past few months has
dramatically eased the drought in Kansas.

Larry Ruthi, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in
Dodge City, told The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/IyYgHf ) that the
recent rain in southwest Kansas has lessened the drought
considerably.

Less than one-half of 1 percent of Kansas _ in the southwest
corner _ remains in extreme drought, compared to more than 28
percent of the state in late September.

Dodge City has recorded 7.39 inches of rain since Dec. 1, the
third-highest total over that stretch since records began more than
100 years ago. Medicine Lodge logged 10.37 inches and Cimarron had 8.44 inches.

About 11 percent of Kansas remains in the three worst drought
categories, compared to nearly half of the state last September.

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Information from: The Wichita Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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