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.