SOME METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE RAINFALL RESULTING IN THE KANSAS CITY FLOOD OF JULY 13, 1951
FLORIDA STATE UNIV TALLAHASSEE DEPT OF METEOROLOGY
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Most of the rainfall contributing to the flood occurred from July 9 to 13 inclusive when rain gages measured more than 15 in. High soil runoff values were due to excessive precipitation in June. A diurnal variation in precipitation was present with a maximum about 3 AM local time and a minimum in the late afternoon. From July 9 to 13 there was a stationary front along the border of Kansas and Oklahoma, and the circulation in the lower layers was such that there was a component of wind up the frontal slope. The northward component of the wind had a diurnal variation which agreed closely with the diurnal variation in precipitation. This correlation may be partly due to the slight diurnal variation in the difference between temperature and dew point of the air being lifted. There was convergence at 10,000 ft over the precipitation area during most of the 5-day period.