An unusually strong storm system dropped southeast through the heart of the country to finish out the month of February. Please view the animated loops below to gain a perspective on where this storm system tracked.
500 MB Upper Level Storm Loop (click for a larger image)
Surface and Radar Image (click for a larger image)
As this storm dived southward during the day, it was able to tap additional moisture from the deep south. This, combined with very cold temperatures aloft, allowed for unusually high snow amounts compared to their melted counterparts. A narrow axis of moderate snow pivoted across central and south central Missouri for nearly 8 hours, resulting in some of the highest snow totals of the season.
The following graphic depicts snow totals for an intense upper level storm system that affected the region on February 28, 2009.
Preliminary Snowfall Accumulations
A large area of high pressure graced the central United States in the wake of this storm system. Clear skies overhead allowed for a beautiful shot of the extensive area of snow cover now spread across the heart of the country. The clear skies also revealed such interesting features cloud streets streaming off the open waters of Lake Superior, as well as extensive ice formation on the western portions of Lake Superior and Green Bay. Many of the northern lakes remain frozen over Minnesota and Wisconsin and are visible as bright white circles in the images. Closer to home, one can see just how fickle winter weather can be. The local visible satellite image suggests little or no snow for those living in Bethany, but drive 5 miles north, south, or west and you will quickly run into 2-4 inches of snow. Similar things can be said about many communities along the northeastern edge of the current snow cover, as many locations were bisected by this snowstorm.
Regional Visible Satellite Image (8:47 AM 3/1/09)
Local Visible Satellite Image (8:47 AM 3/1/09
Local Storm Reports
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..CITY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
2/28/2009 E6.0 INCH LEAVENWORTH KS CO-OP OBSERVER
2/28/2009 E6.0 INCH PLATTSBURG MO LAW ENFORCEMENT
2/28/2009 E3.0 INCH 1 WSW BELTON MO TRAINED SPOTTER
2/28/2009 E6.5 INCH GLADSTONE MO TRAINED SPOTTER
2/28/2009 E6.0 INCH TROY KS CO-OP OBSERVER
2/28/2009 M5.0 INCH KCI AIRPORT MO CO-OP OBSERVER
2/28/2009 M4.4 INCH ST JOSEPH MO CO-OP OBSERVER
2/28/2009 M5.6 INCH PLEASANT HILL MO CO-OP OBSERVER
2/28/2009 E6.0 INCH TARKIO MO TRAINED SPOTTER
2/28/2009 M4.2 INCH KEARNEY MO CO-OP OBSERVER
2/28/2009 E6.0 INCH SEDALIA MO LAW ENFORCEMENT
2/28/2009 M6.6 INCH 2 ESE UNITY VILLAGE MO CO-OP OBSERVER
2/28/2009 E6.5 INCH LEES SUMMIT MO NWS EMPLOYEE
2/28/2009 E6.0 INCH OTTERVILLE MO CO-OP OBSERVER
2/28/2009 M6.0 INCH 4 W BUNCETON MO LAW ENFORCEMENT
2/28/2009 M7.5 INCH HOLDEN MO PUBLIC
2/28/2009 E5.5 INCH GRAIN VALLEY MO PUBLIC