Thursday, June 11, 2009

Missouri Climate Continued & Some Misc. Stuff

Let's wrap up the talk about Missouri temperatures today.

In looking at the 4 larger weather stations across the state...St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Columbia, they all have something in common.

January is the coldest month on average and July is the warmest.

There is also not really a whole lot of variance between the places.

Kansas City has the coldest average January temperatures of the 4 stations with an average January low of 17.8 degrees and high of 36.0 degrees.

Springfield has the warmest average January temperatures with a normal low of 21.8 degrees and high of 41.6 degrees.

In July, St. Louis has the warmest average overnight low in July with 70.6 degrees. The other 4 stations range from 66-68 degrees.

The highs are just about the same at all 4 locations with 88.6 to 89.9 degrees, the warmest being in Springfield.

One of our CoCoRaHS observers in Lincoln County, Washington, sent me a link recently to an article about a new radar located in the polar region of Alaska that is scanning the atmosphere and finding some pretty cool things that are displayed in 3-D images.

Click here to read about it.

Wednesday was another active severe weather day in the middle of the country with tornadoes reported in 8 states, including Missouri as well as some more here in the Front Range of Colorado.

There were some damage reports out of Missouri and Illinois, as well as Texas. But I haven't heard of any injuries so far which is a good thing.

Houses and cars can always be fixed and/or replaced, but people can't be.

Severe weather is possible today across eastern Colorado and western Kansas, as well as over a large portion of real estate from Dallas to St. Louis to Philadelphia on the northern side, and Austin to Jackson, Atlanta and Raleigh on the southern edge of the area outlined in the map above.

Central and southern Florida could see some action too.

And with summer vacation season here, a trip to the beach may be in store for many blog readers this year. Find out how to break the grip of the rip!

Check out this article about a hidden danger sometimes found at the beach -- the rip current.


  1. Missouri does always seem to get pretty interesting about this time of year...I used to travel there to see family this time every year, and I always remember it as being hot, humid, and very frequently stormy. It was weird having summer downpours so warm you could take a shower on the back porch!

    Out here in California, however, it has been an unseasonably cool, mostly cloudy month of June, one of the coolest in 25 years. We have not had any measurable precipitation since June 4 at this station, but yesterday I watched light rain beginning to fall in upper levels of the cloud decks over Solano County, not reaching the ground in measurable amounts, but many western-facing parts of the greater San Francisco Bay Area did report drizzle. These pesky low pressure systems that keep plodding through just bring us clouds and temperatures that stay day & night in the high 50's/low 60's, and that's just where we are right now, at 60 on the nose, winds now picked up WSW at 5.8 mph, and variable low clouds with a morning incursion of fog up the Carquinez Strait. Great for ornamentals, but lousy for tomatoes. Basically boring weather here!

  2. Chris, the link you provided about the new radar provided me with yet another learning experience today. Gravity waves? Amazing.

    Apparently I've been out of the loop for quite a while. This video of gravity waves is absolutely fantastic.