Storm dumps nearly 2 inches of rain on Lawrence on Friday night and Saturday morning; high winds close Clinton marina

Thunderstorms brought nearly 2 inches of rain to Lawrence on Friday night and Saturday morning, along with strong winds that forced the Clinton Lake Marina to close for the weekend.

Matt Wolters, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said 1.92 inches of rain fell at Lawrence Municipal Airport during the storm. Overnight winds were clocked as high as 69 mph.

“That’s high enough to do some damage,” Wolters said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you had some homes with uplifted shingles.”

Wolters said another storm was expected for Saturday night and Sunday morning. He said most areas could expect half an inch to an inch of rainfall, but that some spots could see up to 3 inches of rain overnight. The storm could also bring high winds and damaging hail, he said.

The winds on Friday night and Saturday morning caused enough damage at the Clinton Lake Marina to close it for the weekend, said Cienna Sorell, assistant manager of the marina.

“There’s enough damage to the docks (that) they don’t want anyone walking to their boats,” she said. “We will be closed at least through Monday.”

With the lake’s boat ramps already underwater, there were no boats on the lake on what would normally be a busy August weekend for Clinton and for the marina, Sorell said.

Looking ahead, Wolters said more thunderstorms could develop in northeast Kansas on Sunday evening and Monday morning, but he expected the heaviest rainfall to stay to the east and south of the Lawrence area. The forecast calls for dry, hot weather on Monday and Tuesday before the next chance of rain on Wednesday.

“The high Monday will be in the low 90s and the high for Tuesday will be in the mid-90s,” Wolters said. “The heat index will be near 105 Monday and 110 Tuesday.”

So far this month, 6.26 inches of rain have been recorded at the airport, Wolters said. The year-to-date total is 35.67 inches of rain, which is 10.04 more than normal for this date. By this time last year, 13.73 inches of rain had been recorded in Lawrence, Wolters said.


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