Thirty years after a massive snow storm that paralyzed the St. Louis area for several days, many in the Gateway City have been spending time outdoors in shorts and T-shirts.

Temperatures reached into the 60s on Monday, a far cry from the scene on Jan. 30, 1982. That year, some parts of the region got up to 2 feet of snow that caused thousands of power outages. Some people were stranded for weeks inside their homes.

Forecasters expect highs again in the 60s today. Temperatures are expected to fall off - but not much - through the rest of the work week.

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Three weeks into the winter season, and the weather forecast is just now starting to feel like it, with snow and falling temperatures in the forecast.

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The year 2011 got off to a strange start following a rare winter tornado on New Year's Eve. It was one of a number of severe weather events during the cold weather months, followed by the F-4 tornado that hit north St. Louis County and Lambert Airport in April, and plenty of flooding.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kramper says it was a very unusual first five months.

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Mo. lawmakers to consider changes to school funding formula

Legislative leaders say addressing Missouri's school funding formula is one of their top priorities for the annual session that starts Wednesday.

Because of tight budgets there has not been enough money in recent years to fully fund the education formula. That has prompted concern that the distribution of the money could benefit certain districts at the expense of others.

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri lawmakers began pre-filing bills today for next year’s legislative session, which begins January 4th.

One bill was influenced by the deadly Joplin tornado.  If passed, it would allow Missouri residents to deduct up to $5,000 from their state income taxes for building storm shelters on their properties.  It’s sponsored by State Representative Terry Swinger (D, Caruthersville).

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A rainy weather forecast means another day off for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.

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The sweltering summer temperatures that have resulted in a heat advisory for the St. Louis Public Radio listening area have set a record.

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Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Cardinals, Royals to team up for series to benefit Joplin recovery

The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will be teaming up to help raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo. Missouri's two Major League Baseball teams are to meet for an interleague series June 17-19 in St. Louis.

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A heat advisory is in effect in the St. Louis Public Radio listening area until 7 p.m. on Wednesday (June 8), but medical emergencies associated with the heat have already begun.

The St. Louis City Department of Health said that, as of Monday afternoon, there have been 12 heat-related EMS runs and eight heat-related hospital reports in St. Louis since Saturday (June 4).

St. Louis County also said that 17 people were treated for heat exhaustion over the weekend.

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Updated 9:16 a.m. May 26

The St. Louis Public Radio listening area experienced waves of severe storms Wednesday.

Here are the latest updates from the National Weather Service.

See earlier updates after the jump.

(Mike Smith)

This morning as the National Weather Service upgraded the tornado risk to "high" for the St. Louis area this afternoon, meteorologist and severe weather expert Mike Smith joined us for St. Louis on the Air.  Smith called this the "worst tornado season" since the 1950's and cautioned that complacency about risk can be one of the deadliest factors during any storm. 

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Joplin City Leaders Not Giving Up Hope

Officials in Joplin refuse to abandon hope of finding more survivors in the wreckage from Sunday night's tornado that killed at least 122 people and injured 750 more.

Rescuers are preparing to go over ground searched as many as three times already. The search has been described as "methodical" with rescuers going house-to-house searching for those trapped in the rubble.

(Courtesy Nick Sargent)

Updated 4:30 p.m. May 23:

Severe weather hit the St. Louis area once again this season. Severe winds, hail and large amounts of rain all contributed to today's storm.

So far, this is what we know:

Missouri could get more severe weather through mid-week.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kramper says a slow-moving system is working its way from the Rockies.

Kramper says as cool dry air from the north collides with warm humid air from the south, there could be more tornadoes.

Previously, parts of the St. Louis Public Radio listening area were under a tornado watch. This tornado watch has now been lifted.

For the latest updates from the National Weather Service, see this update page.

Joplin, Mo. was also hit particularly hard from this round of tornadoes and storms. Fatalities have been confirmed.

See previous updates after the break.

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has released information to help those recovering avoid a "storm chasers" scam

Metro Transit is providing access to public transit to St. Louis County residents whose vehicles are buried under debris.  Metro Transit travels the affected communities and will help tornado victims get  to where they need to go via MetroBus and MetroLink. For more information, see this link.

To report power outages to Ameren, call 1-800-552-7583 (and you can see current listings of power outages).

Red Cross shelter and assistance information (Update: Maryland Heights shelter closing, supplies still available in Dellwood).

American Red Cross will be offering clean-up items from a fixed location at the Dellwood Recreation Center. See this link for more information.

Catholic Charities is accepting donations and providing assistance as well: call 314-367-5500

Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information or referrals are urged to call 211. The 211 service number is now available for most areas in Missouri. In areas where the 211 number is not operational, citizens can call 800-427-4626. 

People in St. Louis County who need assistance or want to volunteer can call 314-615-5000.

Lambert Airport list of airlines with contact information

From Mayor Slay via Twitter: For city residents, use @stlsb to report storm damage in your neighborhood.


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Severe Weather Hits Missouri

Tornados swept through eastern Missouri yesterday, damaging homes and yanking down power lines. No injuries were reported.

The Pike County Sheriff's Department says the storm hit the Bowling Green area late yesterday afternoon, and that three tornadoes were seen in the county in a 45-minute period. Some homes in the Clarksville area had roof damage, and barns and outbuildings in rural Pike County also were damaged.

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The threat of severe weather has moved south and east of the St. Louis Public Radio listening area, though flood warnings remain in effect along many of the area rivers. The National Weather Service is also warning of possible flash flooding, and has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory until 1 a.m.

For the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service for your area see the following links:

In Missouri:

Good morning! Here are some headlines to start your week:

  • Missouri is bracing for a winter storm that could dump as much as a foot of snow on the ground before it's over. Doug Tilly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service says the brunt of the storm is going to be Tuesday into Tuesday night and much of Missouri and Illinois are going to get some part of the storm.

We would strongly suggest not planning to get out of your home for a couple days after this storm." - Doug Tilly, National Weather Service meteorologist

The weather service says roads will become snow covered and travel will be difficult to extremely dangerous on Tuesday. Forecasters say the storm has the potential to bring travel to a halt over much of Kansas and Missouri on Tuesday and Wednesday. Winds are expected to pick up on Tuesday and cause near blizzard conditions on all major highways.

Our concern is the nature of marriage really isn't debatable because it is by definition a union between one man and one woman and when the state passes such a law of civil unions it creates a concern because it goes against the natural law." - Bob Gilligan, executive director, Catholic Conference of Illinois

Civil unions will be legal starting June 1. Illinois becomes the sixth state to take the step.

The Metropolitan Sewer District says it plans to appeal a July court ruling that threw out a new system for charging for stormwater system maintenance.

The new fee charged people based on how much of their property could not absorb water. But Lincoln County judge Dan Dildine ruled that it was actually a tax, and therefore had to be approved by voters.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is asking drivers to stay off the roads unless they have to drive, at least for now.

Freezing rain overnight turned area highways into skating rinks for early morning commutes. At one point on Wednesday night, sections of Interstates 70, 44 and 55 were closed in the St. Louis area because of accidents.

150 MoDOT trucks salted the roads overnight, says the agency's Kara Price.

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We're sure you know it's pretty cold outside. But just how cold is what's surprising. And dangerous.

But hey, we're not the only ones feeling the freeze. And it could be worse.

Looking for some relief from that nagging winter bug? Want to buy some cold medicine to do the trick?

Not so fast.

A tornado Wednesday night at a Boy Scout ranch in western Iowa killed three 13-year-old Scouts and a 14-year-old Scout staff member. More than 40 others were injured.

The new round of thunderstorms is likely to hit southwestern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and Wisconsin and may spark tornadoes, the National Weather Service said. As much as 4 inches of rain are expected in those areas, with hail and damaging winds likely.

Water's up in Grafton

May 11, 2008

Melinda Leonard

Underwater Parking

Melinda Leonard

The river was knocking on the back door of Cassens Bait Shop on West Main Street in Grafton Sunday, but, so far, the water has stayed out of the building and the business remains open. Owner Dave Cassens said he has been forced to vacate the building six times since he bought it in 1993, the year of the Great Flood. "The day I took possession, water was coming in the back door," Cassens said.