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.
Flooding of the Mississippi River near the St. Louis Gateway Arch in August, 1993.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey
Average frequency of days with 3 inches or more of precipitation per weather station per year. Dots indicate annual average frequency per station, the blue line the 1961-2011 linear trend line, and the dashed line the average frequency 1961-1990.
Credit RMCO and NRDC (Figure 2, p.6, from the report “Doubled Trouble: More Midwestern Extreme Storms”)
By-decade changes in the frequency of storms of at least 3 inches in Missouri, compared to a 1961-1990 baseline.
Credit RMCO and NRDC (Figure 9, p.14, from the report “Doubled Trouble: More Midwestern Extreme Storms”)
By-decade changes in the frequency of storms of at least 3 inches in Illinois, compared to a 1961-1990 baseline.
Credit RMCO and NRDC (Figure 4, p.9, from the report "Doubled Trouble: More Midwestern Extreme Storms")
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.
Credit (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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.
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.
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.