Precipitation Totals for Lawrence Municipal Airport (February 19)
May to date: 0.84"
2013 to date: 1.80"
- Crews race to find survivors of Oklahoma twister
- 05:24 p.m., May 20, 2013 Updated 01:59 p.m.
- Emergency crews searched the broken remnants of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday for survivors of a massive tornado that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least nine children, and those numbers were expected to climb. The state medical examiner’s office cut the estimated death toll by more than half but warned that the number was likely to climb again. Gov. Mary Fallin said authorities did not know how many people were still missing, but they vowed to account for every resident. The Associated Press
- Tornado watch issued for Franklin County; hazardous weather possible for Lawrence
- May 20, 2013
- The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch, effective until 10 p.m., for Franklin and Johnson counties, south and east of Douglas County. Douglas County is under a Hazardous Weather Outlook for this evening, but the more severe storms with potential hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are expected south of Interstate 35. By Shaun Hittle
- Tornadoes hit several Midwest cities
- 06:32 p.m., May 19, 2013 Updated 12:07 a.m.
- One of several tornadoes that touched down Sunday in Oklahoma turned homes in a trailer park near Oklahoma City into splinters and rubble and sent frightened residents along a 100-mile corridor scurrying for shelter.
- Douglas County under severe thunderstorm warning until 7:15 p.m.
- May 19, 2013
- The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Douglas County until 7:15 p.m.
- Tornado watch cancelled early; hazardous weather outlook remains
- 02:10 p.m., May 19, 2013 Updated 09:43 p.m.
- The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch through 10 p.m. for most of the eastern half of Kansas, including Douglas County and surrounding areas.
- Drought relief expected in Douglas County
- May 10, 2013
- For the first time in years, Douglas County may soon be drought-free, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, whose latest forecast predicts a reduction of drought conditions in eastern Kansas during the next three months. By Adam Strunk
- Late winter storm more annoyance than problem
- May 3, 2013
- The weather needs to check its calendar. A rare May winter storm pelted Lawrence with rain, sleet and then snow Thursday, dropping a .56 inches of precipitation on the city. By Adam Strunk
- Spring storm leaves cloudy skies with cold, wet conditions
- 01:55 p.m., May 1, 2013 Updated 11:01 p.m.
- The spring storm has eased after an afternoon and evening of rain and light snow. According to the National Weather Service, we can continue to expect cold weather into Friday and some of the weekend. By Shaun Hittle
- Moisture comes in time for some trees, too late for others
- April 27, 2013
- April showers have helped lawns and flowers, but the jury’s still out on the trees. A relatively wet few weeks — Lawrence has received 5 inches of moisture since March 1 — has left the city in a sea of green, pink, yellow and purple. But many tree branches remain brown — visible scars left by some of the driest and hottest years since the Dust Bowl. By Adam Strunk
- Cold wet weather eases drought but bothers crops
- April 22, 2013
- Last summer, record heat and drought wreaked havoc on Douglas County crops. This spring has been just the opposite. Chilly temperatures and a wet weather cycle have kept farmers out of the fields and buds off of the fruit trees. By Adam Strunk