August 19-20th, 2007 Flooding

Heavy rainfall and flash flooding occurred over the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas over the 19th and 20th of August.  The heavy rain was a result of the remnant energy from tropical system "Erin" as it interacted with high levels of moisture in the atmosphere. 

The heaviest rainfall occurred in a band that affected northern Lawrence, Eastern Dade, northern Greene and southern Polk counties where 10 to 12 inches of rainfall occurred.  Most of this heavy rain occurred in a short period of time on the morning of the 20th.  Despite the little to no rainfall for the first 18 days of August and very dry antecedent conditions, serious flash flooding was able to occur due to the record amounts of rainfall that occurred on the 20th.

Showers  associated with an initial wave of energy from the remnants of  "Erin"  began developing over southeast Kansas and Western Missouri on the morning of the 19th.  These showers lifted northeast  during the day  and into central Missouri by the late afternoon but tracked over an area which would see much heavier rain for a longer period of time the next day.  (10 AM Radar Image1 PM Radar Image  | 4 PM Radar Image ).

Showers began to redevelop during the evening in advance of the next wave of energy over southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma (10PM Radar Image), and then were greatly enhanced as a low level jet stream began to develop during the overnight hours. (1 AM radar image ).

From around 3 AM through around 11 am, the heaviest rain affected the locations which would wind up receiving between 10 to 12 inches of rain.    Tropical moisture, high radar reflectivities and slow movement to the storms led to the powerful flash flooding which ripped up roadways, bridges, and caused one death in Laclede county. (Radar Reflectivity images from | 4AM | 7 AM | 10 AM | 1 PM | 4 PM |).

Below are some additional links for observations and local storm reports from this event:

Local Storm Report

Volunteer Weather Observations for the 19th

Volunteer Weather Observations for the 20th

COOP Observations for the 19th

COOP Observations for the 20th

Radar Storm Total Precipitation Estimates for the Event

Map with 2 day precipitation totals listed

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