Thursday, October 8, 2009

Flooding Rain Today

Heavy rain has been affecting the area since late last night. I don't know what your favorite sound is, but mine is thunder in the morning. It can perk me up better than a finely brewed cup of coffee. This rain has come so quickly, and our ground was semi-saturated from the wet end of September and early October. Creeks and rivers have quickly filled their banks. The road by our house had 3-4" of water over it, and in the 6 years we have lived here, I have never seen it with water.

Morning observations (as of 5:30 a.m.)

Fulton Station (MO-CW-1): 1.59"
Auxvasse Station (MO-CW-5): 2.85"

I've been hearing word of students not able to come to school and some roads have been closed in the area.

Here are some local storm reports. I'll update as I get time today:

6:30 a.m. (Boone County) Several water rescues have occurred
6:55 a.m. (Callaway County) 6-8" of water on county roads


So far at school (using an electronic rain gauge) we have experienced 4.25". I haven't checked my CoCoRaHS gauge yet, so I'm looking forward to seeing if the electronic gauge holds up.

Other reports:

3.82" reported at Sanborn Field at the MU Campus in Columbia
2.25" in Mexico, just north of here


OSNW3 said...

Amazing rainfall amounts!!! Since we are on the topic of favorites... I'll let you know the last email I received was from the NWS.

"Please remove the funnel and insert in your rain gauge during your next observation due to the possibility of an early snowfall over some of our area. You can also dust off your snowboards and place them in a good location. The NWS appreciates your observations and please keep up the good work. Thank You."

Now that is exciting! :)

WxWatcher, would you like the US radar loop of this system? I'll start putting it together if you want. :)

WxWatcher said...

Exciting news for you, too!! I read on the news that Chicago was expecting some snow soon, so I was wondering if you'd get lucky. When is the snow expected?

I would love a radar loop, if you wouldn't mind. I am getting together a post for the event. I'm sure I'll want to look back and study this some more in the future.

Boy yesterday felt like some sort of holiday. The rain put me in such a great mood, and with the new weather station in the classroom, I was checking it between each class, and the students were all excited to hear about the rain.

We did some figuring, and found that if you were to capture the rain that fell over our 100' x 80' parking lot, it would weigh approximately 234,583 pounds (117 tons!) It's awesome when the kids get excited about weather.

I'll be watching your area! :o)