Archive for Thursday, April 6, 2006

Douglas County under tornado watch until 9 p.m.

Large hail, strong winds and tornadic activity possible

April 6, 2006

The Lawrence area could be in for some severe weather this afternoon -- including possible tornadoes, 6News meterologist said.

The National Weather Service has placed Douglas County under a tornado watch through 9 tonight.

"We could see a few strong to severe thunderstorms today," Schack said. "The main threat is large hail and maybe some tornadic activity."

The National Weather Service said that thunderstorms will develop along a dry line today in central Kansas. The storms are expected to become severe and produce hail as large as two to four inches in diameter, strong winds from 60 to 80 mph and tornadoes, according to the weather service.

"The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center has upgraded northeast Kansas into a high risk area for severe weather late this afternoon and into the evening hours," Schack said.

At 1:20 p.m., the temperature was 77 degrees, the humidity was 50 percent and winds were from the southwest at 15 mph.

The morning low temperature was 64 degrees. The average low for this date is 43 degrees. The record low was 21 degrees, set in 1982.

Schack said today's high will climb to 80 degrees, with winds from the south at 15 to 20 mph. The average high temperature is 65 degrees and the record high was 91, set in 1893.

Dry conditions return tonight, with the low dropping to 48 degrees by early Friday morning, Schack said.

Friday's afternoon high temperature will climb to 64 degrees, she said. There's also the chance for isolated thunderstorms, she said. Clouds will become thicker and winds will be from the northeast at 15 to 25 mph.

Saturday's morning low will be 33 degrees, climbing to a high of 59 degrees on Saturday afternoon, with mostly sunny skies, she said.

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