9:37 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Reminder from Ill. officials to stay prepared for storms

Flickr/Sky-y Photography

Illinois officials are reminding people to stay prepared for severe weather and disasters.

Missouri State Fair
4:49 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Mo. State Fair opens, offers severe weather text message service

The Misssouri State Fair in Sedalia.
(Missouri State Fair)

The 2012 Missouri State Fair is underway in Sedalia.

Attendees this year will have access to a new warning system in the event of severe weather.  Fair officials and the State Highway Patrol are offering the service, which will provide text messages to fairgoers if there’s a severe weather warning or other emergency situation.  Marketing Director Tammie Nichols says it’s being provided, in part, because of last year’s severe storm that knocked out power and forced the fair to shut down for several hours.

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Hot Weather Tips
1:16 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Helpful Tips For Hot Weather

A favorite summer treat, strawberry ice cream, melts under the heat. Make sure you don't "melt" by following some of our "stay cool" tips.

Information current as of 6/17/2014.

Though staying cool when the weather's hot may seem like common sense, here are a few tips and reminders to help you stay comfortable and safe during those scorching summer days.

Find the active cooling center nearest you at United Way 211 or by calling United Way at 2-1-1 on a landline - or if 2-1-1 is blocked, or calling from a cell phone, please dial 800-427-4626.

More resources:

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Climate Change - Extreme Weather
4:15 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Report: frequency of severe storms in Midwest doubled over past 50 years

Flooding of the Mississippi River near the St. Louis Gateway Arch in August, 1993.
U.S. Geological Survey

A new report from the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that the frequency of severe storms across the Midwest has doubled over the past 50 years.

The report analyzed precipitation data from more than 200 weather stations in eight Midwestern states.

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Weather - Insects
6:25 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Warm weather means more bugs, right? Maybe, maybe not.

Local experts say this year’s mild winter and early spring won’t necessarily mean more insect pests like ticks and mosquitoes. The lone star tick (pictured) is the most common of several disease-carrying ticks in Missouri.
(U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

This year’s mild winter and early spring has plants flowering and putting out leaves about three weeks sooner than usual. Ticks and mosquitoes have also been spotted early.

So with all this warm weather, we can expect a particularly bad bug season, right?

Missouri Department of Conservation natural history biologist Mike Arduser says not necessarily. “I hate to use the phrase “old wives’ tale,” but…”

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Severe Weather
5:20 pm
Sun April 1, 2012

New, ramped-up tornado warnings to start Monday

Joplin residents look through the remains of their house on May 24, 2011, two days after an EF-5 tornado devastated the city.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

As of Monday, the National Weather Service will be issuing a new kind of tornado warning in Missouri and Kansas.

The new, more forceful and explicit messages are designed to get attention and drive people to take shelter during dangerous storms.

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Storm water
10:36 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Appeals court rejects MSD stormwater fee

(Andrew Wamboldt/KOMU News - via Flickr)

Updated at 2:20 with comments from MSD.

A ruling from the Missouri Court of Appeals is a mixed bag for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.

The decision today is the latest in a series of rulings on a storm water "user charge" the agency implemented in 2007.  The charge was based on the impervious area of a property, and replaced a system of a flat tax that could be enhanced by additional taxes in 21 sub-districts.

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Morning Round-up
8:42 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, March 23, 2012

Eads Bridge connecting St. Louis and East St. Louis over the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River is the second-most toxic river in the United States.
(via flickr/benclark)

Mississippi River is second-most toxic river in United States

A new report released by Environment Missouri says the Mississippi River is the second-most toxic river in the nation.

Data released Thursday shows that 12 million pounds of toxins were dumped into the Mississippi in 2010, with 672,000 pounds being released in Missouri. The only waterway more toxic is the Ohio River.

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Severe Weather
4:54 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Severe thunderstorm warning

Flickr/Sky-y Photography

The National Weather Service in St. Louis has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for St. Francois County in southeast Missouri and southeastern Washington County in east central Missouri. The warning is in effect until 5:15 a.m CST.

The storm is capable of producing quarter size hail.






Leap Day Storms
3:15 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Governor Nixon seeks federal disaster declaration in response to "Leap Day" storms

Mo. Governor Jay Nixon is seeking federal assistance for the recovery from the severe storms that hit the region on Feb. 28 and 29.
(UPI/Ryan Dean)

Mo. governor Jay Nixon is seeking federal assistance for 18 Missouri counties hit by last week's violent storms.

Nixon said Wednesday he has requested a federal major disaster declaration for parts of southern and northern Missouri struck by tornadoes, hail and high winds on Feb. 28 and 29. The weather was blamed for three deaths, dozens of injuries and widespread property damage.

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