Below is a listing of the most significant weather events which affected the Missouri Ozarks and extreme southeast Kansas during the decade of 2000-2009. These are not listed in any set order. Links of many of these events are provided for additional information.
May 4th, 2003, Tornado Outbreak
Violent tornadoes hit the area Sunday afternoon and evening of May 4th, 2003. This outbreak produced at least 15 tornadoes that resulted in 25 fatalities.
May 8th, 2009 Tornado and Derecho Wind Event
A powerful storm system brought widespread wind damage across the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas on the morning of May 8th, 2009. This system also produced 18 tornadoes (6 - EF2, 1 -EF3).
January 12-14th, 2007 Major Ice Storm
The second in a series of several ice storms which affected the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas left over 200,000 southwest Missourians without power and a landscape setting resembling a war zone. (The previous ice storm affected the region Nov 30th-Dec 1, 2006, with another on Feb 11-12th, 2008 and again on Feb 21st, 2008.)
January 7th-8th, 2008 Tornado Outbreak
A record breaking tornado outbreak for January, severe weather began on the afternoon of January 7th and continued through the morning hours of January 8th. This powerful system spawned at least 33 tornadoes throughout the Missouri Ozarks including 5 EF2 tornadoes and 2 EF 3 tornadoes.
May 10th, 2008 Tornadoes
A strong storm system helped to produce 3 tornadoes within the Springfield, MO CWA on Mother's Day 2008. One of them an EF4. Three people were killed as a result of the tornadoes.
December 23rd and 24th, 2002 Snow Storm
A winter storm affected the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas from the Afternoon of December 23rd through Christmas Eve. This system brought heavy snow from 12-16 inches along and just south of the interstate 44 corridor bringing holiday travel to a halt.
Major Flooding and Record Rainfall throughout 2008
Many flooding events occurred throughout 2008 beginning in February. Snow and ice events from the prior 2 weeks of the onset of the February 16th-17th, 2008 rainfall event which brought 2 to 3 inches of rain to the area led to significant flash flooding. More heavy rain and flooding occurred in March on the 18th and again on the 31st. Record rainfalls were establised for the months of Februrary 2008 and March 2008. More heavy rain events occurred in June of 2008 breaking another monthly record. September 2008 brought remnants of Hurricane "Gustav" and Hurricane "Ike" causing more top 10 rainfalls for the month. The final 3 months of the year brought below normal precipitation or record rain for the year would have likely been established.
July 4th and July 5th, 2004 Derecho Events
Derecho's in successive days affected the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas. The July 4th derecho moved across southeast Kansas into far southern Missouri, while the one on the 5th affected mostly areas from southeast Kansas into west central and central Missouri.
March 12th, 2006 Early Season Tornado Outbreak
An outbreak of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes occurred during the afternoon and evening hours on March 12th, 2006. This system spawned more than a dozen tornadoes killing 2 people, injuring 30 and causing damage to over 550 homes.
Drought Conditions from May 2005 through August 2005 and from December 2005 through December 2006
One of the top stories of 2005 was the drought conditions over the area, especially over far western Missouri and southeast Kansas. Much of the region had extremely hot and dry conditions during the months of July and August after a generally dry first half of the year leading to the continued drought conditions. While some of the eastern Missouri Ozarks recovered from the drier early part of the year, portions of western Missouri remained in a D1 drought through December 2006 with rainfall amounts some 10 to 15 inches below normal for the year.
Dec 17th-18th, 2002 Tornadoes
Severe storms produced several out of season tornadoes over the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas late on the night of December 17th into the early morning hours of December 18th, 2002. These tornadoes caused 2 deaths and 17 injuries across the damage path.