advertisement

Flood watch posted for mid-Missouri

Wednesday, June 27, 2007 | 6:47 p.m. CDT; updated 3:40 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

By PATRICK DAUGHERTY

news@columbiamissourian.com

A flash flood watch was posted for Boone County through Thursday evening, and a Weather Service forecaster said rainfall could total 4 inches or more.

“A conservative estimate is 2 to 3 inches by Thursday afternoon and an additional 1.5 to 2 inches by Friday,” Jon Carney of the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

Flood watches were in effect for a wide swath of Missouri from the southwest to the northeast, with the heaviest rain in the Columbia area expected Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The flood threat is being caused by a cold front in northern Missouri that is dropping south and interacting with an upper level disturbance moving north from the southern Plains.

“There will be steady showers and thunderstorms ongoing, with periods of very heavy rain that we are worried about, and it may not stop until Friday evening,” Carney said. “The air is just unusually moist.”

Any thunderstorms that develop probably won’t be severe. “Severe weather needs dry and cool air, and we don’t have that right now. So we aren’t that worried about tornadoes or other severe weather,” Carney said. “Besides the chance of a little hail, it is just going to primarily be heavy rain.”

Tommy Sallee of the Missouri Agriculture Statistics office said farmers need the rain.

“How fast it comes down is what matters,” Sallee said. “It if comes down too hard, it all runs off. We need a long, gentle soaking rain. Four to five inches of rain wouldn’t hurt us.”

Rainfall in Columbia this year through Wednesday afternoon totaled 14.88 inches, 4.94 inches below the average of 19.82.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements