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How do tornadoes form? Drones might have an answer

Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form.

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Lawrence area receives up to 2 inches of snow overnight

A Winter Weather Advisory was allowed to expire at 9 a.m. Thursday after snow moved through Lawrence and Douglas County overnight. The National Weather Service reported 0.6 inches of snow in Lawrence as of 7:33 a.m. Higher amounts, in the 1 to 2 inch range, were reported throughout the city by residents. Road crews estimated Lawrence received 2 to 3 inches of snow, according to City Hall.

Closings for Dec. 18

School and event closings for Dec. 18

2-3 inches of snow expected in Lawrence, Douglas County area

The National Weather Service in Topeka predicts "widespread snow" in the Douglas County area by late Wednesday evening, with several inches of accumulation possible overnight.

Kansas reports tornado, snow in same day

Kansas weather is often unpredictable but Sunday was a particularly odd day in the state.

Freezing Rain Advisory issued for Douglas County until 11 a.m. Wednesday

The National Weather Service in Topeka issued a Freezing Rain Advisory from 8:22 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Lawrence receives nearly an inch of rain since midnight Friday

Just under an inch of rain fell on Lawrence since midnight on Friday, according to measurements at Lawrence Municipal Airport.

Frigid temperatures expected Monday

Lawrence will experience extreme cold on Sunday and Monday, so bundle up — or better yet, make some hot cocoa and stay indoors.

Several inches of snow could fall Saturday in Lawrence

It's been a colder-than-normal November, but things may be even more winterlike Saturday in Lawrence. Lawrence was expected to receive 2 to 4 inches of snow on Saturday, with most of it coming between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., NWS meteorologist Kyle Poage said Friday. Early Saturday morning, the weather agency revised its projections to 1 to 3 inches.

Steep drop in temperatures, cold winds in Kansas

A cold front that swept across Kansas caused a dramatic drop in temperatures that is expected to continue through much of the week.

Lawrence residents trying to beat the heat

Today's weather: The heat continues again today as our high pushes the 100 degree mark. Although there is a chance of an isolated afternoon thunderstorm, the chances remain fairly slim. The light south wind will provide little relief from the ...

Lawrence resident hopes Iranian crisis ‘plants seed’

Today's weather: Afternoon highs will top out at 97 degrees with a heat index of well over 105. We'll see only a few passing clouds in the sky along with a light wind out of the south between five and ...

Now is the time to adopt a dog

Weather: While the high may be 90 degrees, our heat index will remain near 100. A southwest wind will continue between 10 and 20 miles per hour before a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. The showers should ...

Hundreds of friends, family honor Frederick

Today's weather: We're going to have another muggy afternoon. The high will be near 95 degrees with a heat index of over 100. Today's headlines: • Friends and family filled KU's Lied Center on Wednesday • A Lawrence man, along ...

A car chase trial, the city's homeless population, Tiller donations and football

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a flash flood watch for Northeast Kansas from 1 p.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m. Wednesday. A slow-moving front and plenty of humidity will lead to high storm chances, mainly during the afternoon ...

Vigil for George Tiller draws 150 to South Park

The hot and mostly sunny weather continues for Monday, with the chance for storms returning into the forecast overnight Monday into Tuesday, some possibly strong to severe. Cooler temperatures return for Tuesday through Thursday. In today's news: Vigils held in ...

No more bus rides for many: District tightens belt by cutting transportation

After a chilly start to the day, temperatures will climb to near normal by afternoon. Expect a high near 78. Skies will gradually clear throughout the day, leading to mostly clear skies overnight. With the help of light north winds, ...

Sen. Roberts wants $5 million in federal funds to complete SLT

Very cool conditions, with showers and a few morning thundershowers, will reign your Wednesday. Highs will flirt with a very chilly 66°F, with north winds at 10-20 mph. Good news, however, expect temperatures right back up to normal by Thursday. ...

Tuition will go up at KU, it's just a question of how much

The streak of wonderful weather continues Friday: sunny skies, light winds and warm temperatures. Highs will be very close to 80°F once again. Winds will be light, with a touch of humidity. The addtional moisture will potentially be rung out ...

In his first week, Gov. Parkinson is 'well-received by the Republican Party'

Warm south winds, and sunny skies, will make for an ideal way to start off your new work week. Highs will push the 80°F mark, with south winds at 15-30 mph. Those south winds will keep air in motion Monday ...

Airborne sledder

Alex Scheidegger, Lawrence, gets airborne on his sled - and again in slow-motion.

Farmers cut corn early because of heat's effects on crops

Kent Nunemaker cuts corn for silage for Nunemaker-Ross farm Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Nunemaker said they were cutting about three to four weeks early because the crop was showing signs of the effects of the extreme heat and lack of rain.

Handling the heat before air conditioners

A group of seniors recall how they survived hot summer before air conditioning or in some cases, before they had electricity.

Gustnado damage in Williamstown

Chad Omitt of the National Weather Service explains the difference between a tornado and a gustnado. Meteorologists say a gustnado is responsible for damaging irrigation equipment, buildings and homes in and near Williamstown Sunday night. Williamstown is a few miles north of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 24.

March storm brings two inches of snow to Lawrence

About two inches of snow fell in Lawrence overnight and through Monday morning.

Thunderstorms move through Lawrence

Friday's rain showers in Lawrence caught residents and Kansas University students off guard.

Sanitation crews work through snow, cold

Don't envy Kenny Tibbits, although — as driver — the sanitation engineer for the city of Lawrence had a chance to sit behind heating vents during his crew's rounds Wednesday morning in northwest Lawrence. Tibbits and his two crew members, Jim Turner and Mike Herd, started their route at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Sidewalk drainage repairs at Kennedy School

Tom Bracciano, division director of operations and maintenance for the Lawrence school district, explains how a new drainage swale is helping keep sidewalks clear at Kennedy School, 1605 Davis Road. Bracciano was inspecting the work Jan. 26. The upgrades were made in the summer of 2010, as the district was upgrading the building to accommodate preschool education.

Plows head out as snow begins to fall in and around Lawrence

As much as 5-8" of snow was expected to fall in Lawrence Jan. 19, 2011. The snow started around lunch time, and put down a layer of flakes while many folks were still at work. City of Lawrence street crews began 24-hour operations at 4 a.m. and had pretreated most roads before the first flakes hit. As the snow falls, they switch from pre-treating all streets to ensuring the primary roads in the city remain passable.

Time-lapse video of Dec. 21 total lunar eclipse

A time-lapsed look of the lunar eclipse from early Tuesday morning.