Archive for Thursday, June 25, 1992


June 25, 1992


Hurricane-strength gusts toppled trees and ripped flags off their poles in northern parts of Lawrence as a series of storms swept through the area Wednesday.

Lloyd Hetrick, manager of services at Lawrence Municipal Airport, said flags were ripped off their poles and aircraft hangar doors were damaged during the storms.

The airport recorded a peak gust of 74 mph about 11:40 a.m., when the first of several storms moved through the area, he said.

"It's not the strongest (wind) we've ever gotten out here, but it's one of the strongest," he said.

In North Lawrence, a large tree fell on a parked pickup in the 1000 block of North Third, crushing the truck's roof. No one was injured.

Other areas received heavy rain and hail.

About 2,100 electrical customers in Lawrence and outlying areas lost power when the first storm passed in the late morning, said Larry Brock, division superintendent for KPL Gas Service, the local electric company.

ANOTHER KPL spokesman said electrical poles were blown down near North Lawrence and just northeast of the city near the intersection of U.S. Highway 24-40 and Kansas Highway 32. A third pole was blown down in southeast Lawrence.

Power was restored to most customers by 5 p.m., Brock said.

Mark Mitchell, a meteorology student and forecaster at the Kansas University Weather Service, said the wave of storms was part of a front that moved through the area from the northwest to the southeast. He said this morning the front is stationary over southeastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma, which gives the Lawrence area a 20 percent chance for rain today.

City officials said minor flooding occurred in parts of Lawrence, but no major problems were reported.

The city received only four reports of downed trees or limbs, including the large tree in North Lawrence, said Tom Wilkerson, assistant director of the city's parks and recreation department.

"We were lucky," he said.

Dennis Bejot, director of the Douglas County Extension Service, said he received no reports of water or wind damage in outlying areas of the county.

THE MOST rainfall in the area was recorded at Eudora, where Fern Long reported 2.39 inches. She said marble-size hail fell in the area for about eight minutes during the noon hour.

Hetrick also said pea-sized hail fell briefly at the airport.

Other rainfall totals were:

1.67 inches at Clinton Lake

1.63 inches (officially) at Lawrence, recorded by Mitchell of the KU Weather Service. He measured 0.75 inches at 5 p.m. Wednesday and another 0.88 inches at 7 a.m. today.

1.41 inches at Oskaloosa, reported by David Perry. He said small hail covered a dirt road about six miles south of Oskaloosa when the storm hit at 11:30 a.m. When he returned home, hail had occurred on one end of the block, but not the other.

1.38 inches at Perry Lake in Jefferson County.

1.37 inches at Lecompton, reported by Nancy Pollard.

0.72 inches at Tonganoxie, reported by William Norman.

0.71 inches at Worden, in south-central Douglas County, reported by Mrs. Walter Schwarz. She said her electricity was knocked out from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY WAS the wettest day of the year. The previous high amount was 1.13 inches of rain and snow on April 20.

For the month, Lawrence has received 3.99 inches of rain. June's average is 5.49 inches, a difference of 1.50 inches. June is the wettest month of the year in Lawrence.

For the year, Lawrence has received 15.74 inches of precipitation. The year-to-date average through the end of June is 17.84 inches.

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