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Emergency crews searched the broken remnants of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday for survivors of a massive tornado that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least nine children, and those numbers were expected to climb. The state medical examiner's office cut the estimated death toll by more than half but warned that the number was likely to climb again. Gov. Mary Fallin said authorities did not know how many people were still missing, but they vowed to account for every resident. The Associated Press
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch, effective until 10 p.m., for Franklin and Johnson counties, south and east of Douglas County. Douglas County is under a Hazardous Weather Outlook for this evening, but the more severe storms with potential hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are expected south of Interstate 35. By Shaun Hittle
One of several tornadoes that touched down Sunday in Oklahoma turned homes in a trailer park near Oklahoma City into splinters and rubble and sent frightened residents along a 100-mile corridor scurrying for shelter.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch through 10 p.m. for most of the eastern half of Kansas, including Douglas County and surrounding areas.
For the first time in years, Douglas County may soon be drought-free, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, whose latest forecast predicts a reduction of drought conditions in eastern Kansas during the next three months. By Adam Strunk
The weather needs to check its calendar. A rare May winter storm pelted Lawrence with rain, sleet and then snow Thursday, dropping a .56 inches of precipitation on the city. By Adam Strunk
The spring storm has eased after an afternoon and evening of rain and light snow. According to the National Weather Service, we can continue to expect cold weather into Friday and some of the weekend. By Shaun Hittle
April showers have helped lawns and flowers, but the jury’s still out on the trees. A relatively wet few weeks — Lawrence has received 5 inches of moisture since March 1 — has left the city in a sea of green, pink, yellow and purple. But many tree branches remain brown — visible scars left by some of the driest and hottest years since the Dust Bowl. By Adam Strunk
Last summer, record heat and drought wreaked havoc on Douglas County crops. This spring has been just the opposite. Chilly temperatures and a wet weather cycle have kept farmers out of the fields and buds off of the fruit trees. By Adam Strunk
Despite temperatures in the low 60s expected in the area Sunday, winter weather still lurks. By Shaun Hittle
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
Alex Scheidegger, Lawrence, gets airborne on his sled - and again in slow-motion.
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.
A group of seniors recall how they survived hot summer before air conditioning or in some cases, before they had electricity.
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.
About two inches of snow fell in Lawrence overnight and through Monday morning.
Friday's rain showers in Lawrence caught residents and Kansas University students off guard.
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.
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.
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.
A time-lapsed look of the lunar eclipse from early Tuesday morning.