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Joe’s Weather Blog: Flooding Rains and Tornado(s) (SUN-5/17)

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Good afternoon…the system responsible for the massive rains that moved through the region overnight is now going to be a player in the weather today across the upper Midwest and the eastern part of MO. We’re in the process of rapidly clearing out and temperatures will be popping into the 80s before the day is done. Winds will be increasing as well and that will mildly help dry things out a bit…and we could use a few dry days in most of the area.

Forecast:

Tonight: Fair skies and pleasant with lows in the 50s

Tomorrow: Pretty nice day overall with cooler temperatures and lower humidity. Highs near 70°

Tuesday: Chilly in the morning but a nice day. Lows in the lower 40s in the morning and into the 60s in the afternoon.

Discussion:

Man when the atmosphere is loaded with moisture, like it was last night…and it rains…the rainfall totals can be imoressive and the thing is…the rain was moving…it wasn’t stationary. Overall 2-nearly 4″ feel in a wide part of the KC area…here is the doppler estimates…

Capture

Areas farther to the SE of KC didn’t have as much rain as the I-35 corridor region. The highest rain total from a gauge that I could find that was reported was 4.02″ in Pattonsburg, MO. Downtown reported 3.10″. Some of the automated gauges near Pleasant Valley reported almost 5″ of rain.

Here a more totals in a slide show…

 

Overall very impressive totals…

Severe weather in the metro though was rather isolated…there were some trees knocked over however.

Farther to the northeast of KC…there were at least 1 or 2 tornadoes it appears  5 tornadoes. Isolated areas of damage were reported, whether by straight line winds or tornadic winds in Sibley, Lawson, Orrick, Polo, Adrian, MO.  Click on this paragraph for a partial write-up from the NWS Pleasant Hill

Here is the info for the Adrian Tornado

Crazy night. A lot of pictures coming in like this…from Gage Mansfield (location TBA)

 

From  Terry Riley-Stephens in southern Livingston County near Hale, MO

 

Then there was all the lightning…

Sump pumps are working hard right now…so check your basement…I know I did to make sure everything was OK…

The NWS is looking over the damage NE of KC…and I’ll try and get an update to the blog when possible later today and update you what they decide happened in the Sibley/Orrick, MO area.

Our weather is going to be settled for a couple of days…but there are additional rain chances (non-severe) showing up for Wednesday…and then another partially wet weekend ahead…with more severe weather opportunities.

Have a great day…and look for an update later today or this evening with more details from the NWS

Joe

 

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1 Comment

  • Mike

    Hi Joe,

    It’s been a wet month across the area and it appears it may stay that way to finish the month. The one cell that developed out in front of the main line of storms was rather small, but potent. I was very close to that cell up near Liberty.

    We have had way too much rain up near my area west of Liberty, over 8 inches in 17 days, including 3.96 inches last night. Ponds are full and rivers are full….we need some dry time.

    Have a good week.