Archive for Saturday, June 9, 1990

STORMY WEATHER BRINGS HAILRAIN

June 9, 1990

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Lawrence missed the brunt of a second night of stormy weather that blew across northeastern Kansas on Friday.

Not all of Douglas County managed to avoid the storm, however, as reports of baseball and softball-sized hail were reported in the western part of the county.

A National Weather Service forecaster reported that hail measuring 3 inches in diameter was reported about 7:50 p.m. Friday at Stull. Tennis ball-sized hail was reported about five minutes later 2 miles south of Stull, which is about eight miles west of Lawrence.

Softball-sized hail was reported about the same time from spotters along the Shawnee-Douglas County line, the forecaster said.

Douglas County sheriff's officers this morning had no reports of storm damage.

Official rainfall totals for Lawrence were unavailable today from the Kansas University Weather Service, which also had not phoned in the totals to the National Weather Service office in Topeka.

Rainfall in Douglas County ranged from about a half an inch in Worden, south of Lawrence, to 2.13 inches in Lecompton.

Leo Pollard, Lecompton weather observer, said the storm dumped 1.47 inches of rain on the town in one hour but did not produce more severe weather conditions.

A total of .98 of an inch of rain was reported at Clinton Lake.

The storm also spawned a tornado three miles south of Topeka at 7:30 p.m. and also dumped large hail in portions of Shawnee County.

Lawrence police reported no storm damage this morning, and a KPL Gas Service spokesman said no electrical outages occurred Friday evening.

The National Weather Service forecaster said Emporia was again struck hard by the storm system, with Friday's storm producing several reports of hail and one report of a funnel cloud.

Emporia was hit harder Thursday night, when several funnels hit the city, injuring 21 people and causing between $3 million and $5 million in property damage.

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