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Archive for Monday, October 30, 1989

RAINFALL MARKS END OF INDIAN SUMMER

October 30, 1989

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The storm system that swept into the Lawrence area Friday and stayed for the weekend, dumped a total of 2.5 inches of rain.

Now, rain is leaving the forecast and the area can expect much cooler temperatures by early Thursday.

The moisture has not been enough to bring the year's rainfall total in line with normal rainfall, but this year is looking much better than last, a local weather observer said.

The weekend rains also have brightened the outlook for crops and plants during the winter months.

MARK BOGNER, forecaster for the Kansas University Weather Service, said this morning that this year's total rainfall stands at 28.58 inches, compared with average rainfall of 33.22 inches for the same period. That leaves Lawrence 4.64 inches shy of the norm.

Last year, a severe drought left the area with a 13-inch shortfall of moisture.

Rainfall for the month of October has totaled 2.91 inches so far, just short of the normal rainfall amount of 3.05 inches. Bogner said that at the beginning of October, Lawrence was 4.5 inches short of moisture.

Rain is expected to leave the forecast this week, as are the recent days of Indian Summer, Bogner said. A high pressure system from Alaska and Canada is heading this way and is expected to hit the Lawrence area late Wednesday or early Thursday, bringing with it high temperatures in the 40s and lows in the 30s, he said.

Jack Lindquist, Douglas County agriculture extension agent, said this morning that the rains came made-to-order for area crops, lawns and gardens.

"It was just what we needed," Lindquist said. "A world of benefits come out of fall rains."

AMONG THOSE benefits is replenished subsoil moisture, from which crops and plants draw water during winter months, he said. Much of the rain soaked into the ground because of the way it fell at a slow pace and over a long period of time, he said.

Lindquist predicted that the added subsoil moisture would be sufficient to take winter wheat and other plants into the winter months, when snow provides additional water.

The recent rain should produce a collective sigh of relief from area farmers and gardeners, he said.

"It's a much different picture now than it was a week ago," Lindquist said. "It should bring a lot of comfort to a lot of people who were concerned about the moisture levels."

Area weather observers reporting rainfall since Sunday morning were: Worden, .75 of an inch; Lecompton, 1.37 inches; Perry Lake, .75 of an inch; and Clinton Lake, .56 of an inch.

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