Rainfall for Columbia much-needed; Isaac could bring relief

Monday, August 27, 2012 | 8:58 p.m. CDT; updated 9:31 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Brief rain showers on Sunday didn't help to alleviate the drought much, but it did provide interesting lighting for scenic views in Harrisburg.

COLUMBIA — Although much-needed rain was predicted for Columbia and Boone County over the weekend, very little fell. With the exception of a brief but heavy shower across the northern part of Columbia, most of the area continued to be deprived of any significant rain.

The National Weather Service recorded one-tenth of an inch of rain at Columbia Regional Airport, bringing the total rainfall for the area since June 1 to 3.5 inches. According to the Missouri Historical Weather Database, accumulation ranged from none to three-hundredths of an inch throughout the Columbia and Boone County area.

Forecast meteorologist Ben Miller of the weather service office in St. Louis, said he is unsure why the rain didn’t come as predicted, but he suggested it must have fizzled by the time it reached the area.

“It was bad timing," Miller said. "It came through central Missouri at the wrong time of day.”

Total rainfall for August in Columbia is three-tenths of an inch, according to the weather service. That's 3.5 inches below normal.

Total rainfall since June 1 is 3.5 inches. That's 9.1 inches below normal.

The forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain early Friday and a 60 percent chance Friday night.

Miller said he hopes Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to make landfall Tuesday night, will bring more rain to the area. But it's hard to tell, he said. The storm could become a hurricane as it moves across the Gulf of Mexico, and once it comes ashore, it could head to the east or the southeast, Miller said.

“It’s kind of up in the air as far as how much we’ll get,” he said.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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