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Archive for Tuesday, September 29, 1998

STORMS SURPRISE LAWRENCE

September 29, 1998

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Quickly developing thunderstorms took forecasters by surprise, dropping quarter- to dime-sized hail in the area and causing brief rains and frequent lightning on Monday night.

Golfball-sized hail was reported in Tonganoxie and quarter-sized hail was reported about five miles north of the Midland Junction area, but no damage was reported, authorities said.

Dime-sized hail was reported in western Lawrence, but no damage or flooding was reported, said Bob Newton, Douglas County Emergency Management duty officer.

``It fell only briefly,'' he said.

A storm that had moved through the area by 10 p.m. dropped .25 inches of rain on Lawrence officially, according to a rain gauge at the Lawrence Municipal Airport used by the National Weather Service.

NWS meteorologist Paul Frantz said the storms developed over the weather service's radar station near Alma.

``Those are hardest to get a track on,'' he said.

The storms, which were associated with a warm front, were expected to continue through early this morning, he said.

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