Sunday, September 17th:
No sunrise at the Baker Wetlands Sunday morning. However, this dark cloud to the distant southwest was still belting out some lightning.
Well, it rained. Three inches, to be exact, fell overnight Saturday night to Sunday morning in my rain bucket in southwest Lawrence – a precise figure to the nearest hundredth of an inch. The initial storm moved in right over town at 11 PM. This developing storm was intense with torrential rain and continuous lightning. By 11:20 PM, the first inch of rain had already fallen. Fortunately, it had been dry for some three weeks, so the ground was soaking it up to the extent possible.
The Lawrence Airport came in with 2.63 inches in the 24 hours ending at 7 AM Sunday. Our seven-site rainfall average across Lawrence for the event 2.61 inches. The heaviest rainfall was in southwest Lawrence where two of the six reporting sites averaged 3.16 inches. Two sites in northwest Lawrence reported 2.01 inches, on the low end of the Lawrence range. In east-central Lawrence, two sites averaged 2.73 inches. Even more precipitation fell in southeast Douglas County with a site near Baldwin City reported 3.27 inches and a site near Wellsville reported 3.43 inches.
The largest amount in the Lawrence area was a site about 22 miles to the east in western Johnson County near the Kansas River, Shawnee 5.1 WSW, which reported 4.62 inches. However the other more urban sites in Johnson County received from 1.6 inches up to 2.67 inches.
Kansas City Radar accumulated rainfall up to 1 PM today. Lawrence was in a good, strong swath and we received our fair share, and then some.
Topeka Radar accumulated rainfall to 1 PM today.
9:45 AM Sunday – Our big storms now east of us in Missouri but with some new development to our southwest and west. The system appeared to tap into some subtropical moisture from Mexico as seen on satellite. A weather system seen off the Pacific Northwest coast is forecast to bring rain to parts of Washington and Oregon.
Upper air chart at 7 PM Saturday – disturbance in the southwest flow aloft heading in ahead of the long wave upper trough out over the intermountain west.
At 7 AM this morning the short wave disturbance is seen moving across far eastern Kansas and Missouri with a short-wave ridge moving in behind, which will suppress storms for awhile. However a more flattened upper trough out west will still send in impulses later tonight and Monday for more chances of rain.
Following all the rain out on the wetlands this morning, the herons were having a good time. This one just caught a fish along the bank.
These herons were facing off. Come on now, guys – there should be enough fish for everyone.
The heavy rain and wind pummeled the wild sunflowers – many of them were listing and leaning over. The ground, cracking in dryness 24 hours earlier, is now saturated. Herons frolic in the distance.
The wetlands seem to be sighing in relief after the soaking overnight rains!