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November 1, 1998


It drenched football fans and soaked trick-or-treaters, and it didn't let up.

Rain fell all through the day on Saturday, totaling almost 2 inches of precipitation on Lawrence. The next few days promise to be wet, too.

On Halloween night on Massachusetts Street, a wee turtle held out her dripping plastic pumpkin bucket to show her goodies -- candy bars and suckers.

The cardboard turtle shell her father made for her had rain running off the back of it. Her mother, Nikki Sweeden Bollaert, tried to hold the umbrella over Addison, 2, to keep her dry, but everything -- candy, costume and child -- was wet.

It was time to head home.

Some of the parents described the weather as "miserable," but it didn't stop the trick-or-treaters. They went from stop to stop, hauling bags of candy with their hair dye and makeup running in the rain.

At 10 p.m. the Lawrence Municipal Airport had received 1.52 inches. Downtown at Sunflower Cablevision, 1.17 inches were reported, 8.87 inches for the month.

"The rain we're getting is going to continue," said Scott Whitmore of the National Weather Service in Topeka. Rain should continue, from light to heavy, through today, leaving an additional 1 to 2 inches of precipitation. The storms should taper to light rain on Monday and Tuesday.

Weather Data Inc., a private forecasting company in Wichita, said that October had been a wet month, with Lawrence receiving 7.91 inches of rain by the 30th. An average October rainfall is around 3 inches.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Douglas and several surrounding counties until this evening.

Elsewhere in Kansas, more than 4 inches of rain fell by evening in Wichita to break the city's record for the month. Rainfall at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita was 4.33 inches by 7:15 p.m., giving the city 7.96 inches for the month. The previous record for October was 6.13 inches in 1959. The record was expected to be extended as the rain continued through the night.

More than 1 inch of rain fell Saturday at Dodge City, Emporia, Topeka, Chanute, Olathe and Winfield.

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is

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