A storm that swept through Lawrence overnight brought the area's first 1-inch rainfall in more than six months.
Lawrence received 1.25 inches of rain in the 24 hours ending at 7 a.m. today, according to the Kansas University Weather Service, the official reporting station for the city.
"It's been last October since we've had anything over an inch," Matt Foster, KU weather observer, said this morning. Lawrence received 1.42 inches on Oct. 28, 1989.
"Our precipitation has just been really spotty the last few months, so we needed that," he said. "We could stand another one inch on top of this."
The rainfall brings Lawrence's total so far this month to 2.27 inches. The average rainfall for the entire month is 4.22 inches. The year to date precipitation total is 10.08 inches. Normal precipitation through May is 12.35 inches.
AREA WEATHER observers reported rainfall totals this morning of 1.3 inches in Lecompton, .95 of an inch at Worden, .84 of an inch in Eudora and .83 of an inch at Perry Lake.
The National Weather Service said skies will begin clearing this afternoon. The weather service called for partly cloudy skies tonight and Sunday, with lows tonight in the upper 40s and highs Sunday in the upper 60s.
Besides bringing much-needed rain to the area, the storm briefly knocked out power in a small area northwest of Lawrence early this morning.
T.A. Mindrup, division manager for KPL Gas Service in Lawrence, said about 20 customers in the Martin Park area west of the Kasold-Peterson Road intersection were without power from 3:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. today after lightning knocked out a line fuse.
ELSEWHERE in the state, tornadoes and golfball-size hail hit portions of western Kansas on Friday night, but no major damage was reported, according to the Associated Press.
A tornado damaged a small storage building and caused roof damage to some other buildings at the KN Energy plant near Scott City early Friday evening, said Scott County Undersheriff Mark Kuhlman.
``We had probably between six and eight tornadoes touch ground. I lost count,'' Kuhlman. ``But they were pretty small and weak.''
Tornadoes also were sighted in Finney and northern Gray County in and around the Garden City area. Authorities there reported no damage.
Golfball-size hail was reported near Colby about 6:30 p.m., the National Weather Service said. Small hail was reported near the Manhattan airport.