...Top Weather Events of 2007...
2007 was one of weather extremes across the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas with a variety of harsh weather. These weather events combined to make 2007 the most costly year in history. This document will review some of the most notable weather events from the year.
The barage of severe winter weather actually began in late November 2006 when a major ice and snow storm hammered much of the area.
One of the greatest disasters to ever impact southwest Missouri, including the Springfield metro area, occurred in the form of a devastating ice storm January 12-14, 2007. Several counties, mainly along and north of the interstate 44 corridor, experienced ice accumulations up to two and a half inches. Power outages and catastrophic tree damage were the main impacts resulting from this historic event. Power outages occurred for over three weeks in many areas. Several indirect fatalities due to the extreme elements were documented. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurred within a few homes as gas generators were being used in garages, which allowed for dangerous levels of carbon monoxide to seep into houses.
Here is a listing of the significant winter storms to impact the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas since November 2006
. November 30 - December 1 Snow and Ice Storm January 31st Snowstorm
January 20th Winter Storm Summary
January 12-14 Major Ice Storm December 8th - 10th, 2007 Ice Storm December 15th, 2007 Snow
Unusually warm conditions during the month of March caused early season growth in vegetation across the Missouri Ozarks. Hay along
with the wheat crop had began to mature. During the nights of April 7th through the 9th, temperatures dropped into the upper teens to
mid 20s, causing a hard freeze on matured vegetation. The wheat crop suffered approximately 90% damage. Hay crops along with
fescue seed also sustained major damage. Total crop losses for 34 counties across the southwestern quadrant of Missouri were
estimated at $147,905,541
. In southeast Kansas, he wheat crop suffered approximately 90% damage. Hay crops along with
fescue seed also sustained major damage. Total crop losses for Cherokee, Crawford, and Bourbon counties in Kansas were estimated at $38,227,494
Drought impacts were limited during 2007 as compared to the previous two years. Abnormally dry conditions affected portions of central and south central Missouri through the the first half of the year. Some locations reached D1 or moderate drought briefly, however, timely rains kept many locations for remaining in a drought status for more than a week or two at a time. Overall, losses from drought in 2007 were minimal.
A variety of severe weather from tornadoes to flash floods hit the Ozarks region during the 2007.
18 tornadoes touched down within NWS Springfield's county warning area producing approximately $1.4 million in damage. Here are event reviews for the more significant events.
June 10th Tornadoes
March 1st, tornadoes
Wind & Hail
208 reports of wind and hail occurred in the NWS Springfield CWA in 2007 resulting in approximately $1.4 million.
Significant flash flooding occurred especially in the summer of 2007 resulting in significant damage to roads and bridges. Damage cost
were estimated at $19.5 million. August 19-20