As predicted, Wednesday’s unstable atmospheric conditions brought severe weather and heavy rain to this area.
Stories concerning the two major storm damage paths (straight line winds from Cuba to Pacific and microbursts and straight line winds from Union to Chesterfield) can be found elsewhere in this edition.
According to the National Weather Service, most of Franklin County received at least 1 inch of precipitation. An area around Washington and to the east (and up to around Augusta) received at least 2.5 inches. Another small area south of Gerald near the Gasconade County line also received at least 2.5 inches.
An area south of Piney Park and north of the Little Indian Creek State Conservation area received less than an inch of precipitation.
A total of 2.7 inches of precipitation was measured at The Missourian office in Downtown Washington Thursday morning at 8 a.m. That’s the heaviest precipitation measurement since heavy storms came through the area April 14, 2012. That night’s rainfall left 3.3 inches of rain in the gauge.
It was the first measurable precipitation since April 1 and pushed the monthly precipitation to 2.73 inches.
For the year, a total of 14.72 inches of precipitation has been measured.
For 2013 so far, monthly precipitation has been:
• 4.09 inches in January;
• 2.93 inches in February;
• 4.97 inches in March; and
• 2.73 inches in April.
For the same time in 2012, a total of 10.83 inches of precipitation had been measured. The yearly total was 33.27 inches.
In 2011, precipitation through April 12 was 13.11 inches. The yearly total in 2011 was 57.8 inches.
In 2010, the April 12 total was 9.14 inches. The total for that year was 59.48 inches.
In 2009, the total through April 12 was 10.13 inches. The yearly total ended at 73.13 inches, the second-wettest year on record since precipitation totals first were kept in 1951.
The wettest year on record, 2008 (76.81 inches) had a total of 26.7 inches of precipitation through April 12.
While local rain was heavy, it’s not expected to cause significant problems on area rivers.
The heavy rainfall is expected to push the Missouri River up to 16 feet over the weekend. That’s still below the 20-foot flood stage.
The Friday 7 a.m. stage was 14.47 feet.
The Bourbeuse River in Union is expected to spike up, but it was unclear Friday morning where the river would crest. It was at 10.01 feet at 7 a.m. Friday, above the initial crest projection of 9.8 feet Saturday. The National Weather Service will be updating its crest prediction.
Action stage is 13 feet and flood stage in Union is 15 feet.
The Meramec River near Sullivan is expected to crest near 6 feet. Flood stage there is 11 feet.
At 7 a.m. Friday, the river was measured at 5.69 feet.
The Meramec River near Pacific is expected to crest near 6.8 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet.
The river was measured at 4.42 feet at 7 a.m. Friday morning.