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Archive for Saturday, July 24, 1993

RAINS OF JULY TOP 18 INCHES

July 24, 1993

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Throughout the Midwest, people are asking, "When will it end?" But there's no end in sight for the unyielding rainfall, at least in the Lawrence area.

So far this month, the city has received more than four times the normal amount of precipitation. The 0.56 of an inch of rain that fell Friday brought the total to 18.26 inches for July. The average July rainfall is 3.98 inches.

Forecasters at the KU weather service said they believed this month's amount may be an all-time record-setting month for precipitation in Lawrence, but could not confirm it.

The weekend forecast calls for more thunderstorms and heavy rains tonight and Sunday night.

Paul Castleberry, meteorologist with the Kansas University weather service, said today that rain is in the forecast at least through the middle of the week.

"I was looking ahead through Wednesday and it looks like we're in the soup Monday and again Tuesday," he said. "By Wednesday we should have a front moving through so there'll be rains in the area. Basically, we're in the same situation as the last few weeks."

A weather front focuses precipitation in a certain direction, and lately the fronts have been stalling over the Lawrence area, Castleberry said.

"Unfortunately, the atmosphere where we look to see where the fronts are moving doesn't show them moving very quickly," he said.

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