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LITTLE RAIN DURING MAY A CONCERN FOR FARMERS

June 2, 1994

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Concern of a drought is growing among farmers after a dry May.

The Kansas University Weather Service reported a total rainfall for May of 1.322 inches. The historical average is 4.22 inches.

For the year, the city of Lawrence is close to being on target with 11. 69 inches, 0.66 inches less than normal.

However, the last two months, a critical time for farming, have been dry, said Johnathon Alley with the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.

"There is a great need for rain right now," he said. "They want enough to get the crops coming up and not enough to drown them out."

Help may not be soon in coming.

"If we don't get any rain by Friday, we won't be likely to get any for another week," said Cliff Ronk, a forecaster with KU Weather.

The weather pattern this year is quite different from the one that brought more than two feet of moisture last summer, causing floods.

A bank of "high omega" systems has engulfed the plains, Ronk said, keeping cool air to the north while sucking hot, humid air into dry skies.

Temperatures could reach the 100s within a week.

"We've got a heat wave coming in like nobody's business," Ronk said.

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