6:38 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Thousands without power following damaging overnight thunderstorm

Limbs were down on Ninth St. in Columbia Tuesday morning in front of the so called "J-Slums," the apartment buildings at 400 and 402 S Ninth St.
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Thousands of Mid-Missourians are without power this morning and people are assessing damage after a severe thunderstorm tore through the area late last night.

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7:04 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Rainstorms Pummel Upper Midwest, Drowning Resources

Flooding across the Upper Midwest, including Iowa, over the last couple weeks has soaked homes and fields and left local governments scrambling.
Dirk Lammers AP

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 1:28 pm

Heavy rains over the past couple of weeks have rivers rising all across the Upper Midwest, flooding homes, swamping fields and washing out roads.

Fans hum 24/7 as Laura Westra tries to dry out her sopping-wet basement in the small town of Rock Valley, Iowa.

The nearby Rock River, in the northwest corner of the state, swelled last week wider and deeper than anyone can remember.

"We've lived here 45 years, and this is the first time we had water in the basement," Westra says.

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5:13 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

The end of Missouri’s dry season looks positive, especially for farmers

Credit USDA

Deadly arctic storms, freezing rains and thunderstorms, Missouri has seen it all so far this past spring. As we enter into warmer months, local farmers are hopeful for a good planting season.

Crops like wheat are planted a week before or after the first frost. Come late-March, early-May, rain is needed for moisture as the crops come out of dormancy.

“Moist soil helps to activate herbicides, if they’re being used, and that way they will better control the weeds that they’re trying to target,” said Kelly Smith, director of marketing commodities for the Missouri Farm Bureau.

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3:44 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

As Missouri enters tornado season, a look at past US twisters [INFOGRAPHIC]

An image of an interactive map showing all U.S. tornadoes from 1950-2012
Credit KBIA-FM

Mid-Missouri got a taste of tornado season Thursday as the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for southern Boone County. To get some historical perspective on how twisters have ravaged the U.S., we've built a map showing all of the nation's tornadoes from 1950-2012. It uses data from, which in turn pulls its numbers from the weather service's Storm Prediction Center.

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2:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

No reports of injuries during Thursday's severe weather

Officials are assessing damage from heavy storms that hit northern Missouri, damaging homes and utility poles.

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1:56 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Room at the Inn homeless shelter to stay open one extra week

This story was originally published on Columbia Faith & Values (

Room at the Inn, the emergency winter homeless shelter run as a collaboration among churches, will stay open until March 6 – about one week later than originally planned.

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9:09 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Cold January in Columbia, but temperature record not broken [GRAPHIC]

Credit Au Kirk / Flickr

January in Columbia had no shortage of brutally cold days. But despite an abnormally icy stretch early in the month that closed schools as far south as Atlanta (some blamed it on the “polar vortex”), Columbia did not break its January record for low temperature.

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12:35 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

NWS expects wet commute Friday afternoon, 3"- 4" snow overnight

Downtown Columbia on December 13, 2013
Credit Ryan Famuliner

Jon Carney, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in St. Louis, says while drivers were experiencing patchy ice on the roads throughout the morning, that isn’t expected to last much longer.

At around noon, temperatures at the Columbia Regional Airport ticked above freezing, and Carney says in Columbia, he expects temperatures will stay above freezing until the sun starts to set Friday night. He says drivers can expect wet roads for the afternoon commute. He says the sleet and freezing rain should turn in to rain before 1:00pm, and then turn to snow in central Missouri between 5:00pm and 7:00pm.

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4:42 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Farm Progress visitors worry about weather

isitors stroll through exhibits at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill.
Credit Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media

Hot weather has been greeting visitors to this year’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, one of the country’s largest agriculture trade shows.

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7:17 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Despite rain, drought still an issue for Missouri

Credit Camille Phillips / Harvest Public Media

Drought remains a threat to Missouri, despite the wet spring and improved rainfall this summer.  

Right now, a large portion of northwest Missouri is experiencing moderate drought conditions, while the rest of the state is classified as either “abnormally dry” or normal.

“We are looking at abnormally wet conditions along the Mississippi River and points to the east, where things get progressively wetter across parts of south-central Illinois," said Mark Fuchs, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service office in St. Louis.

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6:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Live blog: Second winter storm hits Columbia

Aimee Appel stands on College Avenue.
Credit Andrew Nichols / KBIA

Follow this blog for regular updates on Columbia's second storm in two days.

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4:11 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Some closures already announced for Tuesday, including MU and CPS

National Weather Service

The University of Missouri announced it will be closing its campus Tuesday ahead of forecasts for significant snowfall in Mid-Missouri. You can check the latest on the expected totals here on the National Weather Service site.

10:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

MU to remain closed Friday due to winter weather

Katy Mersmann KBIA

The University of Missouri issued a press release Thursday night announcing that the campus will remain closed Friday due to the winter storm that hit Columbia today.

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5:56 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Live blog: Winter storm hits mid-Missouri

Credit Andrew Nichols / KBIA

Follow this blog for live, continuing coverage of the winter storm affecting mid-Missouri.

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12:27 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

After Soaking Gulf Coast, Isaac Is Weakening, Slowly Moving North

Darrell Hill, 11, feeds his sister Floy Dillon, 2, at a flood shelter in a school gym in Kentwood, La., Thursday. Residents fled to the shelter after officials announced that a dam upstream in Mississippi was in danger of bursting.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 9:17 pm

The Latest At 10:01 p.m. ET:

-- Isaac, now a tropical depression, is still drenching parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. Forecasters say it will eventually move into Arkansas and Missouri.

-- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has added 14 additional counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to the federal disaster declaration issued Friday.

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5:41 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

NOAA predicts dry, hot weather will linger

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Federal weather forecasters predict the unusually hot dry weather that has gripped much of the nation will linger into fall, especially for the parched heartland.

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9:11 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Weather warnings by text: Kirksville adopts new alert system

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The city of Kirksville is adopting a new Wireless Emergency Alert system, which will send severe weather warnings via text messages.

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