Archive for Sunday, October 15, 2000

Rainfall heavy, damage light

October 15, 2000


A series of thunderstorms swept across northeast Kansas on Saturday, drenching Lawrence but causing little damage.

At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, the rain gauge at the Sunflower Cablevision office in downtown Lawrence had recorded 2.27 inches of rain for the day.

A weak cold front spawned at least three separate storm systems, National Weather Service meteorologists said.

"We've had actually several areas of thunderstorms develop through the day and evening," NWS meteorologist Curt Holderbach said. "This afternoon we had a few thunderstorms in Topeka. (About 9 p.m.), a line of storms developed from Oskaloosa, down to Topeka, and to Council Grove."

Holderbach said the Topeka office received some reports of nickel-sized hail in the late afternoon.

Few local law enforcement agencies had any damage reports from the storms. Kansas Turnpike Authority dispatchers said several minor accidents were caused by the rain between Topeka and Kansas City, but no injuries had occurred.

After the soggy Saturday, Holderbach said, the next few days should be warm and dry.

"We will probably have a couple days of dry weather," he said. "The high (today) should be around 70 degrees."

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