Early morning rain today totaled .31 of an inch and is the first moisture received in the Lawrence area this month, according to the Kansas University Weather Service.
Mark Bogner, forecaster for the service, the official reporting station for Lawrence, said this morning that the rainfall snapped a 31-day dry period, but leaves the city nearly three inches short of normal rainfall for the month.
The area has received 25.98 inches of moisture so far this year, 4.19 inches short of normal moisture for the year to date, Bogner said. Normal rainfall for the year through Oct. 1 is 30.17 inches, while 3.22 inches of rain normally can be expected for the month of October, he said. At the beginning of this month, the area was 4.5 inches short of normal rainfall.
Rain remained in the forecast for today and tonight, but is scheduled to leave the area by Tuesday morning, he said. Temperatures also are expected to plummet, with a light frost expected to hit parts of the area Tuesday night.
Brian Morray, director of the local Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service, said this morning that the rain would slow the current harvest slightly, but also would help recently planted wheat.
Although harvest probably will be slowed somewhat, Morray said, most farmers would be glad to receive the rain and probably would like to see more.
"If it's going to rain, we'd like to have about an inch and a half," he said.
Perry and Clinton lakes fared slightly better than Lawrence. Both received .40 of an inch, while Worden received a scant .09 of an inch and Oskaloosa .17 of an inch. Lecompton also received .32 of an inch.