Sunday, December 28, 2008

Friday and Saturday's Weather

Well, we didn't receive the 3+" of rain that was expected, luckily. However, some of the more notable characteristics of this storm included mild temperatures for two days, and very high dew point temperatures on Saturday before the cold front moved through.

On Friday, the cold and associated surface low was located in KS/NE, and with abundant gulf moisture in place, we were expected to have some pre-frontal precipitation in the form of heavy rain and storms train over the area for a few hours. The pre-frontal precip did form, but in very thin bands in western/northwestern Missouri. These dissipated overnight, and we didn't get a drop, which took our QPF down considerably.

Friday night and Saturday felt like a typical spring day with stormy weather coming. It was almost eerie. Our dew point temperature officially hit 60° at Columbia Regional Airport in the morning hours of Saturday.

Here was a snapshot of the dewpoint temperatures at around 10:00 a.m.

...and the air temperature at that same time.

The front was at our doorstep by 10:10 a.m. as you can see in the radar graphic. The line of storms you see stretched from Mexico to Canada...truly a battlezone of airmasses.

A tornado warning was issued for Callaway county by 10:30 a.m. due to radar-indicated rotation, but no damage was reported in our county. There were two tornadoes reported just north of us in Audrain county, one of which destroyed a hangar and spread the debris 100 ft.

The storm dumped approx. 1.15" at this station.

1 comment:

OSNW3 said...

Excellent stuff, WxWatcher! My wife is from STL, born and raised. She moved to WI in 2000. MO weather is over the top for the most part, consistently extreme in my opinion. One of my first blog entries talks about a snowstorm back in Dec 2007 while we were visiting STL. If I recall, STL picked up about 7".