If you have not seen some of the pics of the Mississippi River in SE Missouri, it is high! Robert Foote, a photographer from KFVS snapped this pic this morning in Cape Girardeau, where the water has risen 2 feet since Saturday morning:
The river level there is considered "major flood stage" and it is still rising. See graph:
Notice in the above image that the river will be about 5 feet higher this weekend. This is only considered minor flooding, so no need to worry too much at this time.
A little farther south, the river forecast is similar in Osceola. It's rising, but we are not too worried, at this time:
While the river stage forecasts are not overly alarming at this time, we will continue to watch them over the next week or so.
Have a great day!
Friday, June 19, 2015
Now that we have the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill leaving Region 8, it's time to start focusing on a heat wave for next week! A couple of notes:
- This is NOT a record breaking heat wave for "high" temperatures.
- HOWEVER, we could break a record for the "warmest low" temperatures.
- Tuesday and Wednesday should be the hottest days.
The image below is the current upper-level pattern. There is an upper-level high sitting in southern California right now. That high pressure is moving our way:
Don't worry, it appears we will get a little relief heading into next weekend as the ridge of high pressure retreats west. The image below is NEXT weekend... 8 days out:
Get ready to crank up the AC!
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Tonight, we are using a graphic that we may have never used on air. We are going to show "preciptable water" because it tells the weather story. We typically avoid getting too technical, but I think this data is pretty simple. Let's start with today. It's been pretty dry across Region 8 and the preciptable water has been rather low. Notice the legend and the shades of green:
Don't cancel plans, just have a plan B again this weekend.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
I had someone point out to me that they could see "heat lightning" NW of them tonight. Many meteorologists say "there is no such thing as heat lightning", but I disagree. If most of the population call it "heat lightning"... than it's something. It's just misnamed. It has nothing to do with how hot it is outside. It's simply a storm that is far away, but because it is so high in the sky, and there is clear sky all around it, you can see it from a far distance. You can't hear it though because of the distance.
The reason it is called heat lighting is because it typically happens in the summer months, when it is hot.
The storm that they were referring to tonight is north of West Plains. Even though it is 100 miles away, we can see the lightning from that storm:
Have a good night!