Hurricane Isaac

drought conditions
5:47 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Drought improves in Mo., but still expected to continue

U.S. Drought Monitor map, as of Sept. 18th, 2012.
National Drought Mitigation Center, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln

Drought conditions have eased across most of Missouri, but some parts of the state are still very dry.


Much of the relief can be credited to the remnants of Hurricane Isaac, which moved through the Show-Me State three weeks ago.  Brian Fuchs is a climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He says, though, that portions of Missouri missed out.

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Stormwater service
6:38 am
Thu September 6, 2012

When it comes to stormwater service, MSD is facing a perfect 'storm' of problems

Water whipping around the bend in Fishpot Creek carved this 25-foot cliff behind houses on Pepperdine Ct.
(photo courtesy of Ron Cox)

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.

For decades, MSD funded its stormwater service with a patchwork of different taxes, which allowed the agency to meet its regulatory requirements. But repairs were a different story.

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.

Earlier this year, a state appeals court struck down a potential solution - a fee based on how much water a property could absorb. An appeal to the state Supreme Court is pending.

For now, MSD has gone back to its old taxing districts - allowing the lingering problems to get worse.

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Morning round-up
9:26 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, Sept. 3, 2012

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Isaac dumps rain, but Mo. drought persists

The National Weather Service says large parts of rural Missouri and Illinois had between three-to-five inches of rainfall this weekend.

In St. Louis, Oakville received three and a half inches of rain, the most in the metropolitan area.  But National Weather Service Meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said it will take much more rain to snap this summer's historic drought.

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Remnants of Isaac
1:48 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

The remnants of Isaac pass through the region

National Weather Service

*This story will be updated 

*Updated Sunday at 2:45 p.m. with details river levels and drought relief 

Large parts of rural Missouri and Illinois had between three to five inches of rainfall this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

In St. Louis, Nation Weather Service Meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said Oakville received three and a half inches of rain, the most in the metropolitan area. 

Gosselin added, though, that it will take much more rain to snap this summer’s historic drought.

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, August 31, 2012

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Isaac heads to St. Louis

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.

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.

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Ameren monitoring Isaac

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.

Kevin Anders, Ameren Missouri's manager of distribution services, says that could mean a lot of rain and - potentially - some high winds or tornadoes.

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Science
11:07 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Map: Watch Isaac aftermath progress to parched St. Louis

A screen capture of an interactive map of Hurricane Isaac's progress by WNYC. Explore the map yourself in our story below.
(via WNYC)

The aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, expected in the St. Louis area this weekend, may help with the severe drought that's been a constant for most of the summer.

Our friends at WNYC 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.

Morning round-up
9:27 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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Isaac could bring rain to Missouri

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.

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.

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Hurricane Isaac
3:50 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

MSD preps St. Louis for remnants of Hurricane Isaac

The projected path of Hurricane Isaac, and its aftermath, as of 1 p.m. CDT Aug. 28.
(National Weather Service)

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service shows the remnants of Hurricane Isaac passing through the St. Louis region on Saturday morning. 

That has local officials getting ready for problems that could result from a major rainfall.

Metropolitan Sewer District spokesman Lance LeComb said storms like Isaac have historically presented the greatest threat of flash flooding.

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