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Despite damage, thunderstorms not unusual for season

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 | 10:43 a.m. CDT; updated 4:04 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 8, 2014

COLUMBIA — The damaging line of thunderstorms that swept through Columbia Monday night weren't anything out of the ordinary to meteorologists.

Jim Kramper of the National Weather Service in St. Louis said the thunderstorm complex wasn't uncommon for this time of the year. After instability caused by the 90 degree heat Monday afternoon, a cold front began moving south in the evening.

"They were just a normal, summertime thunderstorm complex," Kramper said.

Winds of 60 to 70 mph that downed trees and power lines were reported along the storm front as it moved southeast across Missouri, Kramper said.

The MU South Farm near Columbia reported a gust of 60 mph at 11:28 p.m.

Although there were several reports of ominous clouds, they were nothing more than what meteorologists call scud clouds.

"They're nothing typically bad," Kramper said. "They just look really ominous and people get worried and suspicious."

Most of the heavy winds were over in Central Missouri by midnight.

The storms started near St. Joseph around 7 to 8 p.m. and drifted to the east and southeast across central Missouri.

The storms didn’t reach the St. Louis area until around 1:30, and by then the winds had weakened to 40 to 50 miles per hour, Kramper said.

Rainfall varied across the area. Kramper said most areas received about a half inch to an inch of rain. 

There are continued chances of storms on Tuesday through southern Missouri. But most of central Missouri will remain dry through Thursday, with a chance of storms returning Thursday night.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.


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