Hurricane Isaac http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Drought improves in Mo., but still expected to continue http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drought-improves-mo-still-expected-continue <P>Drought conditions have eased across most of Missouri, but some parts of the state are still very dry.</P> <P>Much of the relief can be credited to the remnants of Hurricane Isaac, which moved through the Show-Me State three weeks ago. &nbsp;Brian Fuchs is a climatologist&nbsp;with the <A href="http://www.drought.unl.edu/Home.aspx">National Drought Mitigation Center </A>at the <A href="http://www.unl.edu/">University of Nebraska-Lincoln</A>.&nbsp; He says, though, that portions of Missouri missed out. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:47:38 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4668 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drought improves in Mo., but still expected to continue When it comes to stormwater service, MSD is facing a perfect 'storm' of problems http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/when-it-comes-stormwater-service-msd-facing-perfect-storm-problems <p>The remnants of Hurricane Isaac ended a summer-long dry spell. But for some customers of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, it meant flooded backyards and basements.</p><p>For decades, MSD funded its stormwater&nbsp;service with a patchwork of different taxes, which allowed the agency to meet its regulatory requirements. But repairs were a different story.</p><p>Some parts of the region were flush with cash for capital projects. It took others months or years to accumulate enough funds for even basic repairs.</p><p>Earlier this year, a state appeals court <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/appeals-court-rejects-msd-stormwater-fee">struck down</a> a potential solution - a fee based on how much water a property could absorb. An appeal to the state Supreme Court is pending.</p><p>For now, MSD has gone back to its old taxing districts - allowing the lingering problems to get worse.</p><p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:38:09 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4499 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org When it comes to stormwater service, MSD is facing a perfect 'storm' of problems Morning headlines: Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-sept-3-2012 <p><strong>Isaac dumps rain, but Mo. drought persists</strong></p><p>The National Weather Service says large parts of rural Missouri and Illinois had between three-to-five inches of rainfall this weekend.</p><p>In St. Louis, Oakville received three and a half inches of rain, the most in the metropolitan area.&nbsp; But National Weather Service Meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said it will take much more rain to snap this summer's historic drought.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 14:26:12 +0000 Julie Bierach, Tim Lloyd & The Associated Press 4477 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 The remnants of Isaac pass through the region http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/remnants-isaac-pass-through-region <p><em><strong>*This story will be updated&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>*Updated Sunday at 2:45 p.m. with details river levels and drought relief&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p>Large parts of rural Missouri and Illinois had between three to five inches of rainfall this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.</p><p>In St. Louis,&nbsp;Nation Weather Service Meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said Oakville received three and a half inches of rain, the most in the metropolitan area.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Sep 2012 18:48:32 +0000 Tim Lloyd & The Associated Press 4475 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The remnants of Isaac pass through the region Morning headlines: Friday, August 31, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-august-31-2012 <p><strong>Isaac heads to St. Louis</strong></p><p>Drought-stricken Missouri is preparing for what has been an unusual occurrence this summer - a couple of rainy days. Forecasters expect remnants of tropical storm Isaac to reach Missouri on Friday, with rain spreading over southern, central and eastern portions.</p><p>The National Weather Service says the St. Louis region could get 3 to 5 inches. Soaking rains are expected to help alleviate Missouri's drought but not break it. More than 97 percent of the state is now listed in the two most severe categories of drought.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:19:07 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 4470 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, August 31, 2012 Morning headlines: Thursday, August 30, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-august-30-2012 <p><strong>Ameren monitoring Isaac</strong></p><p>Officials with Ameren say they are closely monitoring Hurricane Isaac's progress now that it has made land fall. Projections from the National Weather Service indicate the remnants of the storm could pass over Missouri and Illinois this weekend.</p><p>Kevin Anders, Ameren Missouri's manager of distribution services, says that could mean a lot of rain and - potentially - some high winds or tornadoes.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:21:31 +0000 Julie Bierach, Bill Raack & The Associated Press 4454 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, August 30, 2012 Map: Watch Isaac aftermath progress to parched St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/map-watch-isaac-aftermath-progress-parched-st-louis <p>The aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/msd-preps-st-louis-remnants-hurricane-isaac">expected in the St. Louis area this weekend</a>, may help with <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/regional-farmers-say-worst-drought-1980s-forces-tough-choices">the severe drought</a> that's been a constant for most of the summer.</p><p>Our friends at <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/">WNYC</a> have put together this interactive, near-real-time map of the storm's progress, so you can watch for yourself as the welcomed moisture makes its way from the Gulf Coast to our Gateway City.</p><p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:07:52 +0000 Kelsey Proud 4445 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Map: Watch Isaac aftermath progress to parched St. Louis Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-august-29-2012 <p><strong>Isaac could bring rain to Missouri</strong></p><p>As people on the gulf seek shelter from Hurricane Isaac, weather officials say the storm could bring some welcome relief to drought-stricken Missouri farmers.</p><p>The National Weather Service is calling for 2 to 6 inches of rain to fall the Mississippi River Valley, including Arkansas, Missouri and southern Illinois.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 14:27:56 +0000 Julie Bierach, Adam Allington & The Associated Press 4441 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 MSD preps St. Louis for remnants of Hurricane Isaac http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/msd-preps-st-louis-remnants-hurricane-isaac <p>The latest <a href="http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/storm_graphics/AT09/AL0912W5.gif">forecast </a>from the National Weather Service shows the remnants of Hurricane Isaac passing through the St. Louis region on Saturday morning.&nbsp;</p><p>That has local officials getting ready for problems that could result from a major rainfall.</p><p>Metropolitan Sewer District spokesman Lance LeComb said storms like Isaac have historically presented the greatest threat of flash flooding.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:50:44 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4433 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org MSD preps St. Louis for remnants of Hurricane Isaac