The twisters were reported in Callaway County, St. Charles County, and Pike County.
Another day of warmth Thursday, mixed in with humidity, instability, an approaching front and the jet stream, would contribute to steadily worsening weather. “By Thursday, it looks like all those ingredients come together. … You can really blow up some big storms.”
“The potential is there,” says National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jim Kramper. A Joplin-sized tornado “could easily occur right across the Metro-area. If those conditions come together here, it could happen.”
Forecasters at NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman say cool, stable air this winter could explain the lack of twisters.
For the St. Louis forecast area in 2014, there have been four tornadoes on the Missouri side and 11 in Illinois, for a total of 15 in the area.
The busiest day of tornado season is now May 19th, as opposed to May 26th back in the 1950s.
Residents of Pilger braced for a massive cleanup after a storm with dual tornadoes tore through their tiny northeast Nebraska town, killing a 5-year-old and damaging more than half of the community’s structures.
Gov. Jay Nixon was in Troy Monday to announce that community safe rooms will be built at schools in Lincoln, St. Charles, Stoddard, Texas and Webster counties.
Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency after recent storms and tornadoes swept through the state.
A local weather expert says a quiet start to the traditional tornado season does not guarantee things will continue that way.