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Severe Storms & Heavy Rainfall Possible in the Plains; Critical Fire Weather Conditions for Parts of the West

Scattered severe thunderstorms and locally heavy rainfall are possible across portions of the Plains today. Meanwhile, dry weather and gusty winds will result in critical fire weather conditions across the Great Basin and northern Rockies. Elsewhere, tropical storm Dorian in the Atlantic is expected to slowly strengthen and will likely approach the Lesser Antilles by Tuesday. Read More >

Overview

A powerful storm system brought torrential rainfall and historic flooding to the Missouri Ozarks and southeastern Kansas from Friday night, April 28 through Sunday, April 30. Storm total rainfall amounts generally ranged from 4 to 8 inches with some areas of far southern and south central Missouri receiving from 10 to around 12 inches. This incredible rainfall resulted in widespread and historic flooding. Numerous roads, bridges and buildings were destroyed. Many roads were flooded through the event including state highways and Interstate 44. Several rivers reached major and historic levels.

On Friday afternoon, April 28th, a stationary front that extended from southeast Missouri across west central Arkansas into south central Oklahoma began moving northward as a warm front. As an upper level system moved out of the southern Rockies, moisture from the Gulf of Mexico began to get pulled northward up and over the stationary front. By Saturday afternoon, the warm front had moved as far north as Interstate 44. As a series of surface lows moved northeastward along the front, it brought with it waves of showers and thunderstorms that brought continuous heavy rainfall across the same area during the day on Saturday. As the warm front continued to move northward on Sunday, the cold front swept in behind it from the west bringing an end to the rainfall.

 

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