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Archive for Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Thunderstorms moving in tonight

Heavy rain, large hail possible for area

June 21, 2006, 7:46 a.m. Updated June 21, 2006, 4:31 p.m.

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Dust off your umbrella and test your windshield wipers - after a dry spell that's lasted most of this month, Lawrence might finally get some significant rain tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

A complex of thunderstorms will move tonight across portions of north-central, northeast and east-central Kansas, the weather service announced this afternoon.

"Some of these thunderstorms may be severe with the main hazards being damaging outflow winds . . . heavy rain and large hail," the weather service said in a hazardous weather statement.

The weather service also said thunderstorms are possible across the entire area on Thursday, with some of them being severe, especially south of Interstate 70.

"There is a chance of thunderstorms Thursday night and Friday morning," the weather service said. Some of the thunderstorms might produce heavy rainfall along and south of the Kansas Turnpike.

At 4:30 p.m., Lawrence Municipal Airport's temperature was 91 degrees, the humidity was 49 percent and winds were out of the south at 13 mph.

The average low temperature for this date is 66 degrees. The record low was 47 degrees, set in 1902. The average high temperature for this date is 86 degrees. The record high was 100 degrees, set in 1937.

Winds will be from the south today at 10-15 mph, Schack said.

"Tonight we drop off to 72 for a low," said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. "We could end up with some measurable rainfall before midnight."

The chance for more thunderstorms increases overnight, she said.

"We could have a wet commute for Thursday," she said. Thursday's thunderstorms could bring some hail and strong, straight-line winds, she said.

Then there's another chance of thunderstorms on Thursday night into Friday morning, she said.

"We do have several days with below average temperatures in the forecast," she said.

Thursday's high temperature will climb to only 85 degrees and Friday's high will be 86 degrees, she said. Thursday's morning low will be 72 degrees and Friday's morning low will be 68 degrees, she said.

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