Attention should be drawn to December 8-10. This was the timeframe of a major snowstorm that impacted a huge section of the upper-midwest. Parts of Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin got buried by snow up to 12" in places, and a widespread swath of 8-10". Here's a great image of the snow cover. Quite impressive.
(source: National Weather Service, IA/IL)
Below are some links to area National Weather Service offices that were affected by the storm.
The Climate Prediction Center still shows December giving us below-average temperatures, with equal chances of precipitation. Local meteorologists are expecting small disturbances to move through the area, bringing small snow events, but nothing big.
Heavy Wind December 9
On December 9, I celebrated my 30th birthday with a max wind gust of..yep, 30 mph at the house. In Auxvasse, we recorded 31.1 mph. Sustained winds were anywhere from 15 - 25 throughout the night and day.
Here's a summary of official wind gusts in the area from the NWS STL office.
LOCATION PEAK GUST (MPH) TIME ST CHARLES (KSET) 58 902 AM LITCHFIELD (K3LF) 58 804 AM ST LOUIS (KSTL) 56 811 AM CHESTERFIELD (KSUS) 52 711 AM ALTON (KALN) 52 850 AM HANNIBAL (KHAE) 49 705 AM WELDON SPRING (KLSX) 49 750 AM BELLEVILLE (KBLV) 48 744 AM, 911 AM JEFFERSON CITY (KJEF) 48 750 AM COLUMBIA (KCOU) 47 738 AM QUINCY (KUIN) 47 643 AM, 935 AM SALEM (KSLO) 46 945 AM, 1025 AM SULLIVAN (KUUV) 45 925 AM CAHOKIA (KCPS) 45 852 AM PITTSFIELD (KPPQ) 44 706 AM CENTRALIA IL (KENL) 43 1005 AM SPARTA (KSAR) 39 225 AM, 1025 AM FARMINGTON (KFAM) 38 215 AM, 955 AM