Summary of the Christmas Eve storm, including rainfall amounts

A strong storm system moved northeast across Arkansas and Missouri on Christmas Eve. Besides producing strong wind gusts to 45 mph, the storm created some flooding problems due to heavy rainfall. The following are some rainfall totals at airport sites from late on Dec. 23 to about sunrise on Christmas morning:

Poplar Bluff, MO 4.94"
Cape Girardeau 3.51"
Carbondale, IL 2.67"
Paducah, KY 2.08"
Evansville, IN 0.96"

  • Numerous state roads were closed in southeast Missouri early Christmas morning. Most of the roads were secondary roads in Carter, Ripley, Butler, Wayne, Scott, Stoddard, and Bollinger Counties. A couple of primary roads were closed, namely parts of Routes 53 and 51 in Butler County.
  • The heavy rainfall sent some rivers over their banks, such as the Black and St. Francis Rivers in southeast Missouri, and the Big Muddy River in southern Illinois.
  • Cape Girardeau recorded a peak wind gust of 52 mph around midnight on the night of the 24th. Most other peak gusts around the region were from 40 to 45 mph. Isolated power outages were reported in western Kentucky.

Photo of flooded fields near Albion, IL (Edwards County) in the Wabash Valley, courtesy of Norm Bredenkamp. This was a common sight on Dec. 24.

Water in fields near Albion, IL courtesy of Norm Bredenkamp


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