Thursday, February 26, 2009

Definitive Missouri Weather

As I write this, a warm front is draped across the middle of Missouri, which is kicking up some strong (and one severe) thunderstorms. This morning's temperatures are currently in the 50s, and it is very muggy out. We topped out near 70 yesterday...a perfect day for steaks (they were delicious, Ami).
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has just been issued for Fulton as I write this:
...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 845 AM CSTFOR WESTERN CALLAWAY COUNTY...AT 824 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO INDICATE A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR LAKE MYKEE...OR NEAR HOLTSSUMMIT...AND WAS MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.
LOCATIONS NEAR THE PATH OF THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE...CARRINGTON.SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WIND IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH...DESTRUCTIVE HAIL...DEADLY LIGHTNING...AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOMEOR BUSINESS. HEAVY RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTOAREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD.
DIME SIZED HAIL HAS BEEN REPORTED IN SAINT MARTINS AND IN NORTHWEST JEFFERSON CITY WITH THIS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THESTORM...TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY.
Here is the current radar image from weather underground. Auxvasse is the top marker in Callaway County.


The storm is moving NNE towards Futon. I am glad I put out my hail pad this morning!

Skies are supposed to dry up by midday, and round two of storms should come tonight around 6:00 (appropriately, I have a storm spotting class at 6:30 tonight). Strong to severe storms are expected with strong straight-line winds from the advancing cold front.


Fast Forward Two Days

Winter isn't over yet. After this cold front moves through tonight, enough cold air will be in place during this next system on Saturday to produce some snow for us. Currently, the NWS in St. Louis is estimating 1-2" of snow!






I'll update later. THIS is why I love Missouri weather!

3 comments:

OSNW3 said...

It's like you're at Six Flags on the greatest roller coaster of all time! 70+ down to below freezing temps! My wife always blamed the weather on peoples health during the transition stages in and out of Winter down there.

Extreme! I hope your hail pad gets some work today! I'd like to be in the loop on your analysis of the hail pad. I don't have a hail pad and have never had to analyze one!

WxWatcher said...

I'll take a picture of the hail pad and post it this weekend. There has been reports of 0.25" and 0.70" hail in Fulton, so I'm anxious to see what happened!

Ami said...

grrr... I'm ready for storms - but warm weather after the storm too!

I hope you saved me a steak! Or at least savored a few bites for me!