National Weather Service

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    April 3, 2014

    Tornado Touches Down in University City; Heavy Rains Bring Flooding

    So far, this spring is shaping up to have as much extreme weather as the frozen winter St. Louis just survived.

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    February 17, 2014

    St. Louis' 250th Birthday Rescheduled for Tuesday Because Winter Can Suck it

    The founders of St. Louis didn't have to deal with the polar vortex. A sheet of ice on Art Hill caused organizers of St. Louis' 250th anniversary party to push the celebration back a few days, to 5:30 p.m. February 18.

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    February 13, 2014

    Cat Chasing Mouse Causes Major Power Outage for 1,500 Jefferson County Homes

    Electricity, not curiosity, killed this cat. More than 1,500 houses in Jefferson County lost power Monday night when a cat chasing a mouse crossed a high voltage line, leading to an outage at a substation.

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    December 5, 2013

    5 Weather Forecasts for St. Louis, And None of Them Are Good

    Our week of frigid temperatures and frozen rain has begun, St. Louis. Arctic winds are pushing south, bringing sleet and snow into the St. Louis area Thursday just as morning rush hour started. Here's what the weather experts are saying.

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    August 7, 2013

    Record Floods Hit Jerome, Major Roads Closed, Missouri National Guard Deployed (PHOTOS)

    There are reports of more record-breaking floods today in Missouri, one day after flooding in Pulaski county left a four-year-old boy dead and prompted Governor Jay Nixon to declare a state of emergency. Today, the U.S. National Weather Service is reporting record floods on the Gasconade River ne ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    Obama Approves "Major Disaster" Designation For Missouri; 27 Counties Can Access Funds

    President Barack Obama has designated the tornadoes and flooding Missouri suffered in late May and early June as a "major disaster," opening the federal government's purse strings to assist 27 counties with response and recovery expenses. "This declaration will help communities affected by the sev ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    Missouri State Champion Tree, Second Largest In State, Destroyed By Tornadoes (PHOTOS)

    The destructive tornadoes last Friday damaged more than just homes in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. The Missouri Department of Conservation is now reporting that the storm caused the Missouri State Champion eastern cottonwood tree in St. Louis to topple over -- ruining the second largest tre ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    St. Louis Area Hit By Nine Tornadoes, National Weather Service Says (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

    The National Weather Service has released new information on the destructive storm that hit the St. Louis region last Friday -- and now says that a total of nine tornadoes reached the metro area. The most destructive EF3 tornado, which moved from St. Charles County to the city of St. Louis, travel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    The First Weekend of Spring in St. Louis Will Be Ruined By Snow

    Spring is officially here! And with it comes forecasts of five to eight inches of snow in St. Louis. So instead of giving you Daily RFT's planned ode to spring in St. Louis, we direct you you dear readers to our 20 Reasons to Love Winter in St. Louis, because apparently Mother Nature is not ready ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    St. Louis White Christmas Expected 24 Hours Late

    St. Louis could experience a white Christmas after all, just not in the traditional sense with the snow arriving Christmas Eve and blanketing the ground in time for St. Nick's visit. Instead, the white stuff is expected to begin late on Christmas Day (Tuesday) and last into Wednesday morning.

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    October 29, 2012

    But Wait -- How Does Hurricane Sandy Affect Us?

    In case you've been living under the proverbial rock, you have likely heard that Hurricane Sandy, also known as Frankenstorm, is bearing down on the East Coast, bringing with her 90-mile-per-hour winds, twelve-foot water surges and snow. Flights have been cancelled. Everybody is hunkering down (exce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    We're on a "Freeze Warning" Tonight, People!

    Hey! Bundle up! Also, your plants outside are going to die. The National Weather Service has issued a "freeze warning" for the St. Louis area tonight -- technically between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Just how cold we talkin' 'bout?Take it away, National Weather Serivce (which issues reports ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    What's the Point of Surviving an Insanely Hot Summer If It Doesn't Set Any Good Weather Records?

    The autumn equinox and the official end of summer aren't for another week yet, but Labor Day has passed and there's a nice tinge of something in the air that might be an actual chill. Is it safe to say we've officially survived the scorching summer of 2012? No -- not "say." A better word would be "b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Hurricane Isaac: Forget Louisiana, It's Great for Missouri!

    Hurricane Isaac, the storm no Republican could stop, blew across the Gulf and hit southeast Louisiana on Tuesday. By Wednesday afternoon, the winds had slowed to a mere 70 miles per hour, which prompted the National Weather Service to downgrade it to tropical storm status. Nonetheless, storm water h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    St. Louis Experienced Hottest July Ever, National Weather Service Confirms

    You weren't exaggerating. Last month was the most miserable July ever in St. Louis.According to the National Weather Service, the average temperature last month was 88.1, eclipsing the old average record of 87.4 set back in July 1901. Last month also had the most days (eight) with a maximum temperat ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Death Toll from Heat Wave Now at 18

    Four more deaths in the region were confirmed to be heat-related on Wednesday, bringing the region's total up to 18. Last year's final count was 19, but this summer isn't over yet. In fact, the National Weather Service forecast for the next week shows the temperature rising on Monday and Tuesday, wi ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    Isn't This Summer 2012 Commemorative T-Shirt a Little Premature?

    Spotted outside Baked T's in the Delmar Loop: Isn't this a little premature? Especially since we've got 100-degree temperatures lined up as far as the National Weather Service can see?

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    June 28, 2012

    Just How Hot is 108 Degrees?: Daily RFT Time-Travels Back to 1954 to Find Out

    The National Weather Service predicts that the temperature will hit 108 degrees this afternoon. That's only a few degrees more than 105, which we've lived through plenty of times, but 108 seems more significant somehow, maybe because the last time it was ever this hot in St. Louis was back in July o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Projected High Today, 68 Degrees, Is Total Bullshit

    ​The National Weather Service predicts a high temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit today, which would set a new record high for January 30 in St. Louis (the current record is 67 degrees, set in 1884.) This is complete bullshit.All weekend long, people were gushing about the beautiful weather while ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    2011: St. Louis' 4th Warmest Year on Record

    ​If you thought last year seemed a bit hotter than normal, guess what? You were right! According to the National Weather Service, last year's average temperature of 58.7 degrees was tied for fourth as the warmest year on record. The summer months of June, July and August were also the fourth-warme ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    St. Louis Heat Warning Now Extended into August

    ​Yesterday's high temperature in St. Louis reached 101, and while the mercury is expected to dip a bit today, the humidity is also expected to climb, making it feel just as warm or even hotter than the past few days. And the heat isn't going to let up anytime soon. Today the National Weather Servi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Enjoy Today, Heat Cranks Up Again Tuesday

    ​We here at Daily RFT were a bit confused this morning when we heard that that National Weather Service had issued an excessive heat warning for St. Louis. Compared to the last week or so, the weather this morning is absolutely delightful, with scant humidity and temps still in the 70s at 9 a.m.Al ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    St. Louis Sets Daily Record for Hottest Minimum Temperature

    ​A lot has been made of St. Louis' high temperatures of late, with the thermometer topping out at 103 yesterday and 100 on Wednesday. But it's the daily low temperature from yesterday that's truly record-setting. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature in St. Louis yesterday -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    This Week's Temperatures Mild Compared to 1954 Heat Wave

    ​Yes, it's effing hot -- and it's only going to get more hellish as the week goes on. The National Weather Service is predicting highs in St. Louis of 97 today, 99 tomorrow and 101 by Wednesday.But, hey, it could be worse. In July of 1954 the temperatures hit well into the triple digits for days o ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    It's Effing Hot in St. Louis, National Weather Service Confirms

    The thermometer today could reach into the triple digits for the first time this year, leading the National Weather Service to place St. Louis under an extreme heat warning through Tuesday evening.​

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    June 27, 2011

    June Rainfall Could Triple St. Louis Average for Month

    Area rain gauges runneth over in June.​Surprise! It's raining -- again. The National Weather Service warns that St. Louis is likely to see strong thunderstorms mixed with heavy rains throughout the day and into the evening. Today's precipitation could help triple the region's normal rainfall for J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Joplin Tornado Relative to St. Louis (Map)

    Struggling to get a sense of the size of the Joplin tornado? Look no further. Below is a map showing the twister's path relative to St. Louis. ​As you can see, the path begins at Lindbergh Boulevard and travels east though Ladue, Clayton, Forest Park and the Central West End before ending at the r ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Final Death Tally From Joplin Tornado: 134

    Mike MezuelThe tornado that tore through Joplin on May 22 killed 134 people.​It's official.There are no more residents of Joplin, Missouri, on the missing person's list. There are no human remains that haven't been accounted for. The final number of fatalities, attributed to the tornado that tore ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Google Photos Show Midwest Flooding at Caruthersville, Missouri

    Sarah FenskeFlooded farmland near New Madrid, Missouri, taken last weekend after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detonated the Birds Point Levee.​ We've got more astonishing photos of Mississippi River flooding to share this morning, thanks to the nice people over at Google. This latest set s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    It's Snowing? Wasn't It 80 Degrees Earlier This Week? WTF?

    Yes, spring takes a break this week.​We know, we know. St. Louis weather is unpredictable. Still, even Daily RFT was a bit amazed by the blanket of snow covering the ground this morning. We had hoped that winter was in death's grasp following temperatures in the 80s and 70s as recently as just thr ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Snow!? Haven't We Seen Enough of This Sh@# Already?

    ​As of 7 a.m. it's more like a mini-blizzard outside the windows of the Daily RFT "Storm Center." The white stuff is coming down fast, and the National Weather Service predicts we could get 2 to 4 inches of snow by noon before the precipitation turns to rain.  Lovely. Here's the good news, th ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Tornadoes Strike St. Louis Region; Three Confirmed Twisters So Far

    ITwistin' the night away...​f you're like Daily RFT and you awoke this morning to (gasp!) no Internet connection and a large branch dangling from the power line to your casa -- you're not alone. Early reports are that between 30,000 and 40,000 people are without power after last night's storm blew ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    UPDATE: Mayor, Rest of City Get Ready for Impending Snowpocalypse

    ​Egypt is in total chaos right now, you may have heard. The government has been overturned and there's rioting in the streets. But the Egyptians are way luckier than St. Louisans because even though their country is a shambles, it's going to be 70 degrees and sunny in Cairo tomorrow. And what ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    St. Louis Region Hit with Snow; Some Areas Receive a Foot of White Stuff

    Schools are canceled, and the flakes are still coming down. Here are the most recent snowfall totals from the National Weather Service:​According to the weather service, St. Louis picked up seven inches of snow at Forest Park. In my sliver of south-central St. Louis, I'm seeing about five inches ( ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    An Explanation for New Year's Eve Birdstorm

    image viaOne of the 3,000 dead blackbirds that rained down on Beebe, Arkansas, on New Year's Eve.​Good news! It's not the first sign of the end of the world! Instead, scientists have come up with a more, um, scientific explanation for why more than 3,000 red-winged blackbirds fell on the town ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Nine Confirmed Tornadoes Touch Down Near St. Louis New Year's Eve​The National Weather Service has confirmed that nine twisters struck ground in and around St. Louis around mid-day December 31. The tornadoes destroyed several homes in Robertsville and Sunset Hills. In St. Louis an EF-1 twister with winds between 80 and 100 m.p.h. carved a path (righ ... More >>

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    November 30, 2010

    This Month in Science

    image via​Here in St. Louis, lots and lots of people are working tirelessly to explain the meaning of life -- not in the philosophical sense, but literally: How does the universe work? Here are some of the discoveries they've made this month, as reported in Riverfront Times and Daily RFT: It ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    It Is Really, Really Nice Out Today!

    Go get you some​If you're reading this, it's likely you are sitting at your computer, feeling deeply resentful of the folks who are outside. It's entirely possible that we'll tie the high-temperature record, 78 degrees, for this date this afternoon."Right now, there's an upper-level ridge in the a ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    Photo: Tornado Track Through Des Peres on Saturday

    ​It's official. The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado did touch down in Des Peres during Saturday's violent storm front that hit the St. Louis region around 4:30 p.m. April 24. According to the weather service, the twister touched down in a Des Peres subdivision and traveled northwe ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Reports: Missouri River "Bulging"

    My! What a big river you have, Missouri.​If you've been checking local news sites (here, here, here) you'd think that the a virtual tsunami is headed down river. The Associated Press reports today that "the Missouri River is bulging in the middle of the state, and some tributaries of the bigger ri ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Re: The Wettest October Ever in St. Louis​It's official, St. Louisans: Yesterday's deluge put us over the ten inches of rain mark. We got 2.41 inches, bringing us up to a grand total of 11.88 inches for the month.  And that's not counting this morning.But the National Weather Service predicts that we ar ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    This October Already Wettest on Record and Guess What? It's Raining Again!

    Katie White Snow via Flickr​Last Friday, October 23, was an exciting day for St. Louis weatherwatchers: 1.91 inches of rain landed at Lambert Airport, giving October, 2009, the final boost to become the wettest October in recorded St. Louis weather history, soundly beating 1919 by .3 inches. (It w ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    Midwest Winter Weather Forecast: Cold and Wet With a Chance of Warm and Dry Louis' forecast: cloudy with a chance of sexual innuendo​Rise and shine campers. Take a look outside: the leaves are changing, the air is crisp and it's shaping up to be another beautiful fall day (with a forecasted high of ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    County Police Offer "SKYWARN" Training to the Public! Up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. No! It's a f@%#ing funnel cloud! ​Ever want to be a storm spotter, but just didn't know if you have what it takes? Well, you're in luck. The St. Louis County Police Department this fall is offering free SKYWARN training to ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    Thus Concludes The Coolest July St. Louis Has Ever Known

    uploaded by Uncle Pilot to the RFT Flickr Pool​Technically as of last night, we're about to wrap up just the sixth coolest July on record. That doesn't mean it wasn't the coolest, though. The lowest average temperature in July came in 1961 and 1891, when it was typically a balmy 74.9 degrees. Here ... More >>

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    June 16, 2009

    Think We've Been Getting A Lot of Rain Here in Missour-ah? You're Right!

    With thundershowers in the forecast again today and tomorrow (and for much of the next seven days), you may be wondering if it will ever stop raining. You may also be wondering if anyone else in the nation is getting as much rain as we've had in the past two weeks. The answer to that question? No. N ... More >>

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    March 4, 2009

    Reminder: Don't Drive and Drown this Month

    Wikimedia CommonsApparently people do very stupid things in March, which is why the month is home to about a dozen different prevention weeks. My favorite thus far is the following pearl I received yesterday from the State Emergency Management Agency. The department has dubbed March 16-20 as "Turn A ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    Raindrops Keep Falling on our Heads

    Anyone feeling a wee bit wet lately can look to the record-breaking St. Louis clouds for the reason.Remember the floods in the spring and in the fall? (Photo from O'Fallon, Missouri in September. More photos here.) That's right. In a year of historical benchmarks -- first black president e ... More >>

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