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Heavy Rain and Flooding Concerns From the Southwest to the Upper Midwest; Heat Continues to Build in the East

Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop Friday afternoon in the Four Corners region and northern High Plains through the Upper Midwest. Stronger storms may produce heavy to excessive rainfall that will likely lead to scattered instances of flash and urban flooding. Meanwhile, the ongoing dangerous heat wave will peak across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic through the weekend. Read More >


Mr. Robert E. Dreith, the cooperative weather observer at Randolph 4 miles WNW, KS was recently honored in a ceremony at the Randolph Senior Citizen Center.  The award was presented by Topeka Meteorologist-In-Charge Ken Harding, Regional Data Aquisition Program Manager Bob Bonack, WFO Topeka's Data Aquisition Program Managers Bill Newman and Mike Couch.   Mr. Dreith was presented the National Weather Service’s second-most distinguished award, named for John Campanius Holm who took the first known systematic observations in the American colonies in 1644-45.  Mr. Dreith has provided daily precipitation, snowfall, snow depth and water equivalent data for the National Weather Service from the Randolph 4 miles WNW site and has provided stream stage reports for Fancy Creek, which drains into Tuttle Creek Reservoir. He began taking observations July 1, 1979.  Mr. Dreith also served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.