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Monday's rainfall is largest since April

Monday, June 11, 2012 | 2:14 p.m. CDT; updated 9:42 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 11, 2012
A rose gathers raindrops near the gates of the university at Eighth and Elm streets during a rain shower. Monday morning's rainfall was the largest since April 30.

COLUMBIA — Columbia saw a sizable amount of rain this morning for the first time since April.

Anthony Lupo, an MU atmospheric science professor, said Sanborn Field recorded 0.75 inches of rain. The last time Columbia saw that amount of rain was April 30 with 0.80 inches.

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Lupo said today's rain should give temporary relief to the growing season, but that "it's not nearly enough" because Columbia is still behind in accumulated rainfall this spring.

“We could really use another 2 to 3 inches of rain,” Lupo said. “What was nice about this rain, though, was that it didn’t come down all at once and run off. I think it had time to soak in.”

Hyewon Chang of Columbia said she has been suffering from the dryness and dust for the past month and was happy to see it rain.

According to the National Weather Service website, the next expected rainfall is on Sunday with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.


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