Saturday, December 26, 2015

Severe Weather Threat - 12/26/15

Graphic A.  SPC Categorical Outlook 12/26/16
The Storm Prediction Center has much of Missouri in a marginal risk threat for severe weather today.  Many other areas are also included in this threat, as well as slight and enhanced risk areas (See graphic A).  This includes some risk for tornado development.  The MO Ozarks are within a 2% threat, but enough to at least be aware that there is a possibility (See graphic B).
The Springfield National Weather Service Forecast Office is expecting a significant flooding event to occur in the MO Ozarks today.  This flooding event could exceed the flooding of 2008 and 2011. In addition, The following risks are expected today:
  • Limited tornado risk
  • Limited hail risk
  • Limited thunderstorm wind damage risk
  • Significant flooding risk
  • Limited lightning risk
  • Graphic B.  SPC Tornado Outlook 12/26/15
  • Limited non-thunderstorm wind risk
You should stay tuned to local weather forecasts, as the information at is only current at the time of posting and may not be all inclusive.  Make sure your NOAA All Hazards Radio is on and backed up by battery. If you don't own a NOAA All Hazards Radio, you should. Click the link for a previous blog post on selecting one.

Springfield, MO NWS - Hazardous Weather Outlook

Significant Flooding Event Likely

The NWS is forecasting 5 to 8 inches of rain in the area, and a significant flooding event is expected.  It is possible this could exceed the flooding in 2008 and 2011.  Please pay attention to flood prone areas, and avoid trying to cross flowing water.  Turn around, don't drown.  Please vising the Springfield, MO NWS site (or your assigned office) to stay informed.