Weekend thunderstorms brought heavy rains to Crawford County over the weekend, but precipitation may have been simply passing through.
According to the National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri, Crawford County saw some of the heaviest precipitation in the region over the weekend. Areas of the county received anywhere from one and one-third inches to three and one-half inches of rain.
“The overall average was around two and one-quarter inches,” NWS Meteorologist Doug Cramer said. “Compared to the surrounding counties, Crawford was one of the wettest.
“Bourbon and Labette counties may have seen a little more, but Crawford received more rain than Cherokee or any of the Missouri counties.”
The storms also brought thunder and lightning, which knocked out power to many buildings in Pittsburg and southeast Kansas. Outages in the Pittsburg area ranged from about 30 minutes to two hours in length, according to Westar Media Relations Manager Gina Penzig.
“In the Pittsburg area we had about 550 customers lose power over the course of the storms with outages traced back to lightning as the cause,” Penzig said. “The storms affected a large portion of southeast Kansas, so we had crews in from our other offices to help get power restored.”
Cramer said stormy weather has likely moved out for the time being.
“We may see scattered showers or thunderstorms over the next few days,” he said. “But it’s looking like seven to 10 days before we will see any widespread rainfall.”
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.