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Possible Record Missouri Level at St. Joseph

Good Saturday bloggers,

Friday, at 4:15 PM, the Missouri river at St. Joseph possibly reached its all time high level. The level was 32.08 feet, breaking the record set in July 1993 of 32.07 feet. This still has to be verified, but regardless, this is crazy. In 1993, the main flooding occurred after ridiculous spring and summer rain. Notice, the record at St. Joseph, before yesterday was July 1993. We are in March and this is occurring before the spring and summer rain. And, based on the LRC, we expect there to be quite a bit of spring and summer rain. We will be watching the Midwest flooding closely.

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The storm we are tracking this weekend is not a major storm, so it will not exacerbate the ongoing flooding. The heaviest rain from this storm occurred across western Kansas and western Oklahoma where .25″ to 1.50″ fell. This was out of the Missouri and Mississippi river basins.

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This storm is itself not a big deal, but it is part of the problem as it is just one storm in an endless series of storm systems. On the satellite from Saturday morning, you can see the storm systems lined up all the way out in the Pacific Ocean. The next storm after this weekend will affect Wednesday and Thursday. We will look more in to the next storm and possibly the one after that in the Sunday blog.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON/NIGHT: Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will move across the area. The heaviest will move in after 3-4 PM.  Highs today will be in the mid to upper 50s with lows Sunday 50°-55°.

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SUNDAY MORNING: The last of the showers will exit early in the morning. Rainfall totals from this storm will be .10″ to 1″. So, it will not cause immediate issues, but it will keep the ground wet and it is part of an endless storm series.

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON: We will see peeks of sun with highs in the mid to upper 50s ahead of a weak cold front.

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MONDAY: The front moves through Sunday evening. Monday will start cloudy with lows in the low 40s. Then, we will see increasing sunshine from north to south during the afternoon with highs in the low 50s.

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We will have a look at the next storm that could affect Opening day in the Sunday blog.

Have a great weekend.

Jeff Penner

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