A Near-Record Rainy Start to the Year in This Missouri City
The nation’s heartland has dealt with more than its fair share of rainfall of late, but one city in particular has felt the brunt of Mother Nature’s rainy wrath so far this year.
Springfield, Missouri is nearly a foot above average rainfall-wise since the start of the calendar year, nearly making it the city’s wettest start to a calendar year on record. The 28.58″ of rainfall (through Monday) since January 1st in this southwestern Missouri city make it 10.85″ above average overall for the year. The wettest recorded start to a year through May 29th was back in 1990, when 34.57″ of rain had fallen.
A relatively consistent pattern of areas of low pressure trekking across the Southwest and eventually into the southern Plains, mostly due to a fairly stationary jet stream pattern, has helped fuel the wet start to the year in Springfield. Warmer than average Gulf of Mexico water temperatures are also contributing extra energy and moisture as well. Places like Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, Indiana and Tulsa, Oklahoma have seen unusually wet starts to the calendar year as a result as well due to the same pattern.
The forecast leaves scattered showers and storms in the forecast for the end of the week and into the weekend, with Friday and Saturday showing the best chances for more rain. However, a relatively dry last two weeks should help avoid any widespread flooding issues from this upcoming system.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi