On May 19, 1.55 inches of rain fell in Goodland. That mark doubled the previous 0.79 set back in 1935. The rain pushed Goodland’s current rain total to 10.10 inches on the year, the eighth-wettest January to May on record. (The wettest, 16.74, was set in 1981.) Last year’s year-to-date total was only 1.99 inches. May is usually one of the wetter months in Goodland, but the normal May precipitation is just 2.95 inches.
April featured 4.84 inches of rain, 3.25 inches above normal for the month.
A “substantial” low pressure area has been sitting over the Rockies, Lead Meteorologist Jason Nielson of Goodland’s National Weather Service Office explained. The area has been drawing moist air into the region.
At this time, precipitation is 5 inches above normal for the year, a very rare occurrence in recent years.
“We’re finally filling up the till,” Nielson said. “We’re getting back some of what we’ve missed in past years.”
“This slow soaking rain is going into the ground,” he said. “This is a reprieve to the area.” Because of the previous drought conditions, the ground is thirsty for the rain. “It is ready to sponge up the water, so rain is quickly absorbed.”