A quick look at a National Weather Service climate report shows that Columbia received average amounts of precipitation in June.
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.
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.
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.
Storms passed through Columbia early Wednesday morning. They moved quickly and left behind fallen trees, downed power lines, flooded basements and other damage.
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.
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.
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.
Rain is unlikely this weekend as MU holds 18 graduation ceremonies.
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.
Heavy rain and large hail possible as cold front moves through the area.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected to begin Thursday afternoon and continue until Friday morning.
The report emphasizes how warming and its all-too-wild weather are changing daily lives, even using the phrase "climate disruption" as another way of saying global warming.
The tornado touched down Sunday about 10 miles west of Little Rock at around 7 p.m., then carved an 80-mile path of destruction as it passed through or near several suburbs north of the state capital, including Vilonia.
Rain and snow is predicted to fall in Columbia until 5 p.m. Monday. A freeze warning will take effect at 11 p.m.
Star-gazers will look to the sky Monday night for the first total lunar eclipse since 2011.
The average temperature Wednesday was 53, with a high of 69, according to the National Weather Service.
A total of 6.34 inches of rain fell on Columbia from Tuesday to Thursday, setting two single-day records along the way.
Early morning flooding had caused the closures of a few roads in Boone County Thursday morning, and high water led to a rescue of two women whose car was trapped on Blackfoot Road.
The tornado downed several power lines and trees, some of which blocked major roadways.