Lawrence Weather Watch

Roller Coaster Temperature Ride

The weather pattern we're locked into right now is one that features large temperatures changes over our region every several days. A few days of 20s and 30s are soon followed by the 40s and 50s, and so on. The movement of weather systems across the country in recent weeks has created spells ...

Cooler Weather Expected

After a mild stretch (especially for the beginning of November) we are about to see those temperatures come to an end. With that, you can expect our first rainfall for the month of November. It looks like your Thursday will be the transition day between those warm temperatures and much ...

Midwest Storm Nothing Like A Hurricane

The "massive" Midwest storm that swept the media's imagination into a frenzy early last week was actually not massive at all. In fact, at 956 mb, it set our national record for the lowest pressure in a nontropical system. According to the National Weather Service, this minimum pressure broke ...

NOAA Releases Winter Outlook

In my opinion, fall has been FANTASTIC, especially by October standards. Yes, we have had our share of cold evenings, even setting records in the beginning of the month, but temperatures have been relatively close to average. Our big drawback has been a lack of rainfall. Last winter, as ...

When Will It Get Cold Again ?

What a difference a year makes. Summer 09 will be remembered in our region for its unseasonable chill, and the brutal winter of 09-10 was one for the record books here in Eastern Kansas. But those cold times seem a distant memory now. Since last winter, we've had quite a stretch of ...

Severe Weather Season: Part 2?

In Kansas, most people think of one time of year for severe weather season... spring. In many respects that is correct. The spring storm season has some of the most violent storms that Kansas has to offer. If you think about the shear number of severe thunderstorms that we see in the region, ...

90s to Start September?

After a brief cooldown during this upcoming week (Aug 23-27), when our high temperatures Tue-Thu will likely hold in the 80s, a return the 90s is expected by next weekend. These conditions, which will be several degrees above normal, should last into early September with less than usual ...

Scorching Temperatures Are Back Again

I suppose that it is bound to happen. It is August in Kansas after all. Extreme heat will make its return to northeast Kansas by Sunday and keep going well into next week. Computer models are consistently putting our daytime highs into the mid-to-upper 90's through Thursday of next week, ...

Weather In Lawrence For July – By The Numbers

I have been asked by several people over the last few days about the heat we have experienced so far in July. We certainly have had our share of hot days and when we add the humidity into the mix, it seems to make it much more uncomfortable for the vast majority of us. Through Wednesday ...

July Heat To Build Again

July is typically known for the heat and humidity that it brings to the Midwest, but that hasn't been the case so far this year. As a matter of fact the last time that we hit 90° at the official reporting station here in Lawrence was on the 28th of June when we hit 91°. Since then we have ...

Hurricanes & The B-P Oil Spill

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is getting into full swing with tropical storms like Hurricane Alex firing up in the Gulf of Mexico bringing concerns over the British Petroleum oil spill’s impacts. Previously, concerns over the movement of the massive spill were focused mainly on gulf ...

Warmer than Average June Despite Heavy Rains

June is turning out to be another warmer-than-normal month (so far about 4 degrees F above the 30-year mean). This would make 3 out of the last 4 on the warm side, with May being the outlier finishing right at normal. In the absence of any context, this statistic is hardly unusual. ...

Summer Heat: Keeping Your Cool All Summer Long

With July and August quickly approaching, and the hottest weather of the summer so far on our doorstep, summer heat waves are becoming a reality. Get ready to sweat profusely whether you are exercising or just walking to your parking spot from the office. When gearing up for your outside ...

Heavy Rain & Flash Flooding In Lawrence

Afternoon thunderstorms is an understatement at this point. The initial thunderstorms formed near Manhattan, KS in the early afternoon with more storms quickly filling the gap on their way eastward. The problem was that we were dealing with extensive amounts of rain, with radar estimates in ...

Our Severe Weather Threat

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has issued a tornado watch though 9 PM this evening for Douglas, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties. That means that the atmosphere is prime to produce severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes. You should make sure that you have your ...

Warmer Air Back Again Late Week

A cooler and slightly drier airmass has moved into place dropping 0.57 inches of rain in its wake. While we needed the rain, perhaps the fact that we have slightly cooler temperatures is more welcomed for many people in the Midwest. Weather models indicate that this airmass should stay in ...

Memorial Day Weekend Outlook

Trips to the lake, hanging out by the pool and grilling out are common Memorial Day plans for families. But while we are looking at another fantastic weekend, you might want to keep tabs on your umbrella. Temperatures for Saturday are expected to be in the upper 80's once again with clear ...

Warmth to Continue

Temperatures the last few days have been well-above average for this time of year. The quick transition late last week from rainy 60s to the humid upper 80s made the arrival of this warm spell quite startling. For those who like summer weather, the good news is that it’ll stick around for a ...

Finally Loooking For A Warm Weekend

After a week of heavy rain the weekend looks to warm up and dry out. While some models are eluding to temperatures at or above the 90° mark, I think that most of the weekend will be in the mid to upper 90's. Part of the reason for this is all of the rain that we picked up this week. Here ...