Archive for Tuesday, October 16, 2001

Strong winds may dry out area

October 16, 2001

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The weather should be dry through the end of the week, with highs in the mid to upper 60s and southwest winds.

"If you don't mind the wind, it's not too bad," said Steve Drews, a forecast meteorologist with Wichita-based WeatherData Inc.

Rain clouds dumped 1.20 inches on Lawrence Monday, bringing the yearly total to 38.56 inches -- about 5 inches above average, Drews said.

Along with rain, Kansas City reported "just a little bit of light snow," before 1 p.m. Monday, Drews said, with 1.13 inches of total precipitation.

In Eudora, weather spotter Danny Basel reported 1.5 inches of rain.

Helen Kern, who lives on the southwest side of Lawrence, recorded 1.6 inches.

Wayne Borgers, on the northwest side of Lawrence, had 1.1 inches in his rain gauge.

In Baldwin, Roger Boyd recorded 1.4 inches.

Drews said Wichita had just a light shower Monday morning.

"The majority of the rain actually fell in northeastern and eastern Kansas," he said.

The traces of snow that fell in Kansas City were not unusual, said Scott Dergan, meteorologist with the Topeka National Weather Service.

Besides trace dustings of snow, the earliest recorded snowfall in the area was 0.8 inches on Oct. 9, 1970, Dergan said, and in 1996, about 8 inches fell on Oct. 26.

"It is unusual but not unheard of, to mix some snow in with the rain this time of year," he said.

Dergan said that after a chance of frost Monday night, temperatures should rebound to lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s with sunny skies.

"There should be a moderation of temperatures the next couple days," he said. "At least through next Monday, we don't have precipitation in the forecast."

-- Staff writer Matt Merkel-Hess can be reached at 832-7187.

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