It took a couple of weeks, but the Lawrence area finally received a significant rainfall in a month noted for its precipitation.
The city's rain from an overnight storm measured 0.74 of an inch at 7 a.m., according to the Kansas University weather service.
Lawrence's rainfall was the least among other reporting stations in the county. Walter Schwarz of Worden recorded 1.30 inches. Nancy Pollard reported 0.96 of an inch in Lecompton. The Clinton Lake reading was 0.75 of an inch.
Lawrence entered the month almost 2 inches ahead of the average year-to-date rainfall amount. But a dry May has jeopardized that pace continuing for another month. The city's total rainfall in May is 0.78 of an inch. An average May in Lawrence produces 4.22 inches of rain.
For the year, Lawrence has received 10.89 inches of precipitation. The year-to-date average through the end of May is 12.35 inches.
Garry Keeler, agriculture agent with the Douglas County Extension Office, said area farmers welcomed the rain and hope it continues.
"A good, gentle rain is what we need," he said. "We could use 2 inches."
Newly planted corn, soybeans and milo need moisture to start growing, and rain also will help wheat berries develop. "It's time to give them a drink," said Keeler.