- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - To no one’s surprise, some Kansas areas reported near record amounts of rain for the month of May.

The Garden City Experiment Station recorded 6.38 inches last month, the fourth wettest May on record, The Hutchinson News (http://bit.ly/1I8kv30 ) reported. It’s a change from a year ago when the station recorded just 0.63 inch in May, the fourth driest on record, according to climatologist Mary Knapp with the Kansas State University.

Dodge City’s 10.33 inches was the wettest May since 12.82 inches fell in 1881, Knapp said.

Wichita, with 11.77 inches, and Great Bend, with 10.36 inches, both had the second wettest May, while Kanopolis Lake, Tribune and Colby recorded their third most rain in May. Hutchinson’s 7.72 inches was only the fourth-highest rainfall amount in May.

But Lebo, in Coffey County, recorded the wettest month since 1893 with 15.53 inches in May. Knapp noted that Lebo reported more rainfall than any other National Weather Service station for May.

It could be “another 100 years before it gets that wet again,” Knapp said.

The sunny skies that farmers, especially in south-central Kansas, are in need of aren’t expected much in the months ahead with forecasts calling for a cool, wet summer statewide. The weather service’s Climate Prediction Center expects a cooler and wetter summer through August, extending from the Central Rocky Mountains east, Knapp said.

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Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com

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