Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Some areas saw as much as 6 inches of snow, sleet and frozen precipitation.
A Thursday forecast of snow, sleet and other freezing precipitation that largely followed through as predicted will see Missouri Department of Transportation and other municipal street crews working into Friday to get ready for the morning commute. That, along with a National Weather Service forecast that called for additional nighttime snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch, has led many school districts, including Parkway, Rockwood and Ft. Zumwalt among many others, to cancel classes Friday. Our news partners at FOX2 have a complete list of school closings. MoDOT Engineer Becky Allmeroth told Patch that the amount of snow was the part of the forecast that didn't follow as planned. Either way, MoDOT said beforehand that it …
Monday, January 21, 2013
The watch will remain in effect until 8 p.m. as a severe storm system passes through the area early tonight.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that a tornando warning had been issued. Patch regrets the error and any confusion it may have caused. A severe thunderstorm that is expected to roll through St. Louis at around 7 p.m. is expecting to bring damaging winds, large hail and possibly even isolated tornadoes. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch this afternoon for the St. Louis area, which will be in effect until 8 p.m. and impacts a total of 37 Missouri counties. According to the NWS, residents can also expect heavy rainfall of up to 2-3 inches today and tonight. Temperatures will fall as the storm moves but will remain above freezing with a low predicted to reach 39 degrees. However, they will …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The severe thunderstorm warning ended in St. Louis County at 4:30.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for St. Louis County, which will end at 4:30 p.m. The storm could be severe, with large hail and damaging winds of up to 53 m.p.h. The entire St. Louis area is under a severe thunderstorm watch through 8 p.m. For a complete view of the forecast, check out the National Weather Service.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Yes, it was hot enough for us.
The National Weather Service reported on Wednesday that the average temperature for the month of July was 88.1 degrees. That's averaging every temperature for each day together, including morning lows. The temperatures break a record set in 1901, when the average was 87.4 degrees. This July also broke the record for number of days—eight—with a maximum temperature over 105 degrees. The previous record? Seven days over 105 way back in 1934. That was 78 years ago. Not shocking, July was also a record breaker for most days—28 of them—where it got hotter than 90 degrees. Also record-breaking was the low temperatures for this July, there were 11 days where the evening lows didn't get cooler than 80 degrees. Normally, St. Louis nights should cool…
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Ameren estimates power to return sometime tonight.
More than 4,000 people in Oakville and 1,900 people in Mehlville are without power Sunday night as the hot weather breaks into a thunderstorm. Ameren Missouri reports 4,028 are without power in the 63129 zip code, 1,940 are without power in 63125 and 1,253 are without power in 63128 as of 9 p.m. Officials estimate power will be restored between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Temperatures in Oakville are around 73 degrees, and the National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory until 2:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The entire Metro St. Louis area is under a heat advisory until Sunday morning. Residents urged to stay inside as much as possible.
Dangerous levels of heat will overspread the St. Louis Region from Thursday through Sunday, according to National Weather Service. Residents can expect record breaking temperatures reaching as high as 105 degrees on Thursday. On Friday, air temperatures are expected to be cooler around 100 degrees; however, humidity will keep it feeling like 105. The last time this degree of heat was felt in June for three or more consecutive days in this area was more than 60 years ago, according to NWS, which also said there is a possibility temperatures could rise to 105 degrees or more again on Sunday and continue into next week. Mehlville Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Dan Lafata asked residents to have special care with children and the …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday marked the start of Missouri Summer Safety Week, which coincides with National Lightning Awareness Week.
The dangers of excessive heat and lightning need to be taken seriously, experts say. That’s the message meteorologists and health and emergency management officials are hoping to get out during Missouri Summer Weather Safety Week, which coincides with National Lightning Awareness Week. The awareness campaign comes just days after the St. Louis area was under a three-day excessive heat warning. Dr. John Vandover, assistant medical director of the Emergency Room at St. Anthony’s Medical Center, said he couldn’t provide an exact number of patients treated for heat-related illnesses during last week’s heat wave. “But we did see a mild increase in the number of minor cases with the heat wave,” he said. “Plus, the heat worsens some chronic …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Local meteorologist from National Weather Service offers tips in the event of a tornado warning.
The best advice in preparing for severe weather is to plan ahead, according to Ben Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s (NWS) St. Louis Office. “Know what you are going to do before it happens,” Miller said. “For families, figure out where you usually are and where you’re going to go in the event of severe weather.” For detailed information from the NWS on severe weather preparedness and setting up plans for your family, click here. Also important, Miller said, is knowing the difference between a tornado watch and a warning. A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the development of a tornado, he said. Watches are usually issued several hours in advance of the development of a tornado. A tornado warning …
Monday, May 23, 2011
One month after twisters destroyed portions of the North St. Louis County area, four Mehlville Fire Protection District firefighters are helping with rescue and recovery efforts 300 miles away in Joplin.
Just one month after twisters flattened several North St. Louis County homes and businesses, Mother Nature's wrath struck Missouri with what is being called the one of the most deadly tornadoes in state history. Sunday night, a tornado ripped through the town of Joplin, about 310 miles from St. Louis in Southwest Missouri, leaving 116 dead and 400 injured. The number of deaths are expected to increase as emergency responders sift through the rubble. The tornado hit St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin and caused significant destruction throughout the area. “We don’t know whether the Joplin tornado will be the worst in Missouri history,” said Ben Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s (NWS) St. Louis Office. “It…
Saturday, February 5, 2011
The area got 3-5 more inches of snow Friday night.
This winter dumped another surprise Friday as the area received 3 to 5 inches overnight. Only flurries were predicted, with no accumulation. With no rush-hour traffic or school to call off, the area can focus on sledding fun or shoveling snow. One snow-related accident was reported last night on Interstate 55 and Meramec Bottom Road, but has since been cleared. Currently, no major problems are affecting the area, according to police. Here's a look at what the National Weather Service predicts for this week. The rest of Saturday will see scattered flurries with a high around 33 degrees. A 50 percent chance of snow is possible for Sunday with a 30 percent chance of snow Monday and temperatures in the 20s and 30s. Temperatures are expected to…