In the ebb and flow of precipitation, Lawrence and Douglas County are at low tide.
And the short-term outlook is for more hot and dry weather.
Lawrence is 6.7 inches behind in annual precipitation this year. According to the Kansas University Weather Service, Lawrence has received 19.53 inches of precipitation this year. The normal, through the end of August, is 26.23 inches.
The city has received only 1.04 inches of rain so far this month, well below the usual 3.94 inches.
Despite a chance for rain tonight and Tuesday, KU weather observer Ryan McCammon said the National Weather Service's 10-day outlook calls for more of the same hot and dry weather.
"The upper air pattern shows no change," he said.
A 30-day outlook doesn't hold any more promise for moisture.
McCammon said an analysis of the air pattern showed Lawrence could expect more weather with above-normal temperatures and below-normal rainfall. He said the pattern may change by late September or early October.
Lawrence has had a series of extremes in precipitation this year. Going into June, the city was 4 inches ahead of its normal rainfall for the year after a soggy spring. As late as July 1, Lawrence still was almost 3 inches ahead of its annual average.
But a dry July, with only 0.63 of an inch of rain, and an arid August have put the city behind its average and burned up most of the county's soybean, milo and corn crops.