A few hours of rain Tuesday and today brought Lawrence more moisture than the first 24 days of August combined.
Lawrence received 1.35 inches of rain from a slow-moving cold front that rolled into Lawrence about 3 p.m. Tuesday, said Greg Lehenbauer, Kansas University weather forecaster.
Before the front hit town, Lawrence had received only 0.77 of an inch of precipitation this month. The new total of 2.12 inches of rain for the month is 1.82 inches behind the August average of 3.94 inches.
For the year, Lawrence has recorded 24.34 inches of precipitation. The average year-to-date amount is 26.23 inches through the end of August, so the city is about 2 inches behind the normal rainfall for this time of year.
Rain remains in the local forecast today and Thursday as the last of the cold front passes through the area. Lehenbauer's forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of showers tonight and a 30 percent chance of rain Thursday morning.
He said Kansas would be spared any aftereffects of Hurricane Andrew, which blasted through Florida on Monday and into Gulf states late Tuesday. Lehenbauer said he thought the hurricane would veer northeast and begin to dissipate after it hits land.
Lawrence led area reporting stations in rainfall. The second-largest amount reported was 0.80 of an inch in Worden. Lecompton, Oskaloosa, Clinton Lake and Eudora all measured slightly more than a half-inch of rain.