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Ozarks Weather Expected for the Rest of Summer

Jul 16, 2014

With the spring and summer months comes severe weather season here in the Ozarks. KSMU’s Taylor Vance reports on what conditions to expect for the next several weeks.

As we approach August, the severe storm season in the Ozarks will turn from tornado-producing storms to those that produce isolated damaging winds. The two most common threats for this time of the year are rainfall and lightning.

Columbia Water and Light crews have restored power to all customers who lost power in a severe thunderstorm late Monday night.

City of Columbia

Last night's storms had the Columbia Fire Department and the Boone County Fire District very busy. The two departments responded to over 30 calls between the hours of 4 am and 9 am. Battalion Chief John Metz said this was challenging because of weather conditions, as well as the nature of the calls. "Many of them were lines down, or trees in the power lines, any associated water rescues with the heavy rains that we have," Metz said.

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The Storm Prediction Center says there is a slight risk of severe weather in parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma on Thursday. The greatest risk will be in western Arkansas, southwestern Missouri and eastern Oklahoma.

MU installs 250 beacons to enhance campus alert system

Nov 25, 2013
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The University of Missouri has installed a new beacon alert system on the Columbia campus to help students, faculty, and visitors know when there is an emergency. For instance, in the case of a weather emergency, violent individual threat, or fire, the siren and light on each beacon will be activated.

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.

Storms caused multiple outbreaks of severe weather most of Sunday from Kansas to Minnesota.

Newscast for April 16, 2012

Apr 16, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • A hearing reviewing new evidence from the Kent Heitholt murder trial starts Monday.
  • Severe weekend storms batter Oklahoma and other plains states.
  • Less than one-half of one percent of Missouri voters showed up for the last GOP caucuses.