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Year End Climate Summary - 2011
Joplin Tornado - May 22nd, 2011
This devastating EF-5 tornado occurred just a month after the tornado outbreak in the southeastern United States. A large portion of Joplin was devastated by this tornado, resulting in over 150 fatalities and over 1000 injured. This ranked as the deadliest tornado since modern record keeping began in 1950 and is ranked 8th among the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history.
February Blizzard - February 1st, 2011
A strong winter storm system brought 20 to 24 inches of snowfall to the area along with winds of 15 to 30 mph with some gusts up to 40 mph, creating blowing and drifting of snow and bitterly cold wind chills.
Summer Heat and Drought
After the devastating severe storms at the end of May, the upper level pattern changed and brought record heat to the area along with a long dry spell which lasted into the Autumn months. The drought in west central Missouri peaked at a D3 level (Extreme) on November 1st.
Warmest temperature in 25 years recorded in Joplin on July 10th, 2011
Record July Temperatures Across Southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas
Significant Flooding - April 22nd - April 26th, 2011
Several rounds of heavy rainfall produced significant flooding across southern Missouri . Storm total rainfall amounts through the period ranged from 4 to 8 inches along the I44 corridor into the 10 to 14 inch range over far southern Missouri south of highway 60.