...Heavy Rain from March 17th and 18th Brought Widespread River Flooding To Central Missouri...
A powerful storm system that originated over Arizona and New Mexico allowed a substantial amount of Gulf of Mexico moisture to surge north into the center of the United States during the 2 days prior to March 17th. Meanwhile, a frontal boundary had stalled across southern Missouri, allowing this moisture to be lifted into central Missouri in the form of heavy showers and thunderstorms. Many locations received in excess of one inch of rainfall, with a stripe of 2 to 3 inches of accumulated rainfall from east central Kansas through central Missouri (generally from Osawatomie through Moberly). This led to expansive flooding of area streams and rivers, with numerous state and county roads closed due to high water.
Precipitation Map For March 17th through 18th 2008 (as of 9 AM CDT)
Precipitation map created at 9 AM CDT March 18th. Data includes real-time DCP gauges, ALERT gauges, co-operative observers, and airport METAR observations.