The weekend got off to a wet start, and rain continues to dominate the forecast for the Lawrence area.
The Kansas University Weather Service reported 1.42 inches of rain fell in Lawrence from 7 a.m. Friday until 7 a.m. today, and the forecast calls for rain continuing throughout the weekend and into Monday.
Weather observers throughout Douglas County reported similar amounts of rainfall for the 24-hour period. Walter Schwartz reported 1.29 inches of rain fell on Worden in south-central Douglas County; Eudora received 1.48 inches, according to Ray Long; Leo Pollard measured 1.6 inches of rain at Lecompton; and 1.6 inches also fell at the Clinton Lake reporting station.
Despite the showers, the area continues to come up short in meeting its average rainfall amounts both for the month of October and for the year.
Mark Bogner, National Weather Service observer at KU, said Lawrence has seen just 1.84 inches of rain fall in October. That compares with 3.05 inches normally measured during the month. For the year, 27.51 inches of precipitation have been recorded in Lawrence. That's 5.71 inches below the normal year-to-date precipitation total.