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Weather

Columbia faces heat advisory into the weekend

Asher Martin, 3, cools down at the sprayground at Flat Branch Park on Wednesday. Temperatures peaked Wednesday at 92 degrees, according to weather data collected at Columbia Regional Airport.

A heat advisory is in effect for central Missouri from Wednesday to 7 p.m. Sunday. The warning covers Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Montgomery and Osage counties. Residents are encouraged to use cooling centers.

After moderate summer, temperatures heating up

High temperatures for the next five days are forecast to be the hottest of the summer.

 

Heavy rains leave power outages behind

Ameren Missouri said about 20,800 customers lost power in its service area in eastern Missouri Wednesday night. By 5 a.m. Thursday, power had been restored to more than 80 percent of those customers.

Columbia pools' closing, due to cool weather, disappoints

Outdoor city pools at Twin Lakes, Douglass Park, Lake of the Woods Recreation Area and Albert-Oakland Park were closed Tuesday because of the temperature drop. These pools close when the temperature is forecast to stay below 75 degrees.

Residents without electricity remain patient, positive

A neighborhood makes do and forms bonds without electricity. "People have come together. I've met neighbors I hadn't even seen before," Marion Drive homeowner Vince Hawkins said.

UPDATE: More than 1,500 still without power after Monday storms

Power has been restored to a majority of the more than 14,000 who lost power during the storms. But Columbia Water and Light said in a statement that not all outages will be fixed before Wednesday.

Tree service workers have long day after storms

One of Nelson's Tree Service's stops was a house on West Boulevard where a 75-foot hackberry tree fell over.

Columbia man totals car driving home in storm, finds tree on house

A Columbia resident lost all but his most precious belongings during the storm Monday night.

 

STORIFY: Columbia residents share photos of storm damage, cleanup

The Missourian collected reactions and photos shared by Columbia residents on social media.

Despite damage, thunderstorms not unusual for season

Thunderstorms hit Missouri Monday night causing damage across the state.

Despite the frequent storms, June rainfall normal

A quick look at a National Weather Service climate report shows that Columbia received average amounts of precipitation in June.

More torrential rain worsens Midwest flooding

Six Midwest states, including Missouri, were dealing with significant flooding due to the rain from Monday night and Tuesday morning. Forecasters say the Mississippi River will be at a major flood stage for communities in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri this weekend.

Missouri residents urged to keep it cool

Officials with the St. Louis Health Department say more people in the U.S. die from extreme heat than from tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, floods and earthquakes combined.

Showers possible Thursday, but severe weather unlikely

There is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms between the hours of noon and four, but a severe storm like the one that pummeled Columbia on Wednesday is not expected.

UPDATE: Wednesday's powerful storms leave damage throughout Columbia, Boone County

Storms passed through Columbia early Wednesday morning. They moved quickly and left behind fallen trees, downed power lines, flooded basements and other damage.

Risk of strong tornadoes in 5 Midwestern states

Missouri is among the states at heightened risk of severe storms with hail, high winds and possibly tornadoes. The National Weather Service's Storm Predictin Center in Norman, Okla., said the threatened tornadoes could be strong.

Study: People fear male-named hurricanes more

Hurricanes with feminine names turn out to be deadlier in the United States than their male counterparts, probably because their monikers make people underestimate their danger, according to a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study.

Meteor shower visible this weekend in northern Columbia sky

The Earth will pass through the center of comet 209P/LINEAR's orbit, resulting in several meteors a minute early Saturday morning. Meteors will be most visible between 1 and 2 a.m.

 

Sunny skies predicted for MU graduation weekend

Rain is unlikely this weekend as MU holds 18 graduation ceremonies.

 

MU storm chasers seek twisters, often find disappointment

Part of the Mizzou Storm Chase Team, Peter Speck is aware of the absurdity of choosing to drive toward tornadoes, while most people drive away from them. But he does so in the name of academia.

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