...February 2008 Climate Summary...

February 2008 will go down as one of the wettest on record for a good portion of the Ozarks and in fact it was the wettest on record at the Springfield-Branson National Airport. The strong storm systems which the area has been experiencing much of the Winter continued to batter the region during the month of February.  While January 2008 had a record tornado outbreak for the area, February 2008 had a severe weather and tornado outbreak of it's own on the 5th.  The month of February 2008 will likely go on record as having the most tornadoes for the month of February on a national scale.

Locally, the increased clouds and precipitation for the month kept temperatures cooler than normal throughout the area.  All but the extreme southeast portion of the Springfield County Warning Area of responsibility (CWA) had above normal precipitation for the month.

There were several big weather events that occurred during the month of February 2008, including two more significant ice storms, a severe weather and flooding event, and a widespread flooding event.  For more information on some of these events, click on the links below...

Ice / Sleet Storm of February 11th-12th, 2008
February 16th-17th, 2008 Flood Event
February 21st, 2008 Ice Storm

 

Station
Temperature (mean)
Precipitation (total)
 
Springfield
34.9 (43rd coolest)
6.41 inches (wettest on record)
2.6 degrees below normal
4.13 inches above normal
Joplin
36.8 (28th coolest)
3.82 inches ( 9th wettest)
2.1 degrees below normal
1.56 inches above normal
West Plains
 
35.5 (18th coolest)
4.86 inches (6th wettest)
2.6 degrees below normal
1.97 inches above normal
Vichy
 
33.7 (14th coolest)
4.36 inches (wettest on record) ***
2.0 degrees below normal
2.94 inches above normal ***

***Precipitation for Vichy does not include data for the 12th through the 15th due to severe icing and power loss to the observing equipment.


February 2008 Precipitation Departure from Normal

February 2008 Precipitation Departure from Normal


February 2008 Average Temperature Departure from Normal

February 2008 Average Temperature Departure from Normal

List of February 2008 Records
Date
Station
Record
02/04/08
Springfield
Record high tied at 76 degrees.
Joplin
Record high of 78 degrees
West Plains
Record warm minimum of 53 degrees
Vichy
Record warm minimum of 54 degrees
02/05/08
 
Springfield
Record rainfall of 1.87 inches.
Vichy
Record daily rainfall of 1.97 inches.
02/11/08
Joplin
Record rainfall of 0.89 inches.
West Plains
Record rainfall of 1.43 inches.
02/16/08
 
 
Springfield
Record rainfall of 1.64 inches.
Joplin
Record rainfall of 1.19 inches.
West Plains
Record rainfall of 1.09 inches.
02/21/08
Joplin
Record rainfall of 0.87 inches. (Water equivalent of snow)
Month of February
Springfield
Record rainfall of 6.41 inches for the month.
Vichy
Record rainfall of 4.36 inches for the month.

 

Normal Conditions for the Upcoming 3 Months
 Springfield
 
High
Low
Precip.
Snowfall
March
57.6
35.3
3.82
2.9
April
67.3
44.0
4.31
0.4
May
75.4
53.7
4.57
0.0
Joplin 
 
High
Low
Precip.
Snowfall
March
59.1
37.7
3.53
1.2
April
69.2
46.6
4.36
0.0
May
76.6
55.8
5.12
0.0
 West Plains
 
High
Low
Precip.
Snowfall
March
58.8
34.3
4.78
2.1
April
68.8
43.2
4.35
0.2
May
76.3
52.5
4.62
0.0
Vichy
 
High
Low
Precip.
Snowfall
March
56.0
35.3
3.22
2.0
April
67.0
45.2
4.20
0.6
May
74.5
54.7
4.47
0.0

 


What can be expected for the next 30 days?

The 30 day forecast for March from the Climate Prediction Center indicated Above normal temperatures for southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas and Near to Slightly above normal precipitation mainly for the Ozarks.

30 day temperature forecast  30 day precipitation forecast


Spring- Monthly Normals for Springfield

  March April May
Precipitation 3. 82" 4.31" 4.57"
Avg High 57.6 67.3 75.4
Avg Low 35.3 44.0 53.7










Spring
- Monthly records
for Springfield

  March April May
Precipitation 9.09" in 1935 12.15" in 1945 16.15" in 1943
Record Avg High 57.6 in 1910 63.1 in 1954 72.3 in 1962
Record Avg Low 32.5 in 1960 48.5 in 1907 57.7 in 1924


Spring- Average Wind Direction for Springfield

March wind rose
March

April wind rose  
April

May wind rose    
May


What can be expected this Spring? The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has issued their latest forecast for the Winter season.

Long range temperature forecast Long range precipitation forecast
                      Temperature                                                      Precipitation

For information about local climate forecasts, the National Weather Service issues Local 3-Month Temperature Outlooks based off of the CPC forecasts.

For the latest local climate outlook go to the Springfield L3MTO outlook page.



For information concerning Ag weather in Missouri go to the Missouri Ag Weather web page from the University of Missouri.



For additional information concerning:

The Spring Equinox visit the U.S. Naval Observatory.

Upcoming monthly normals and records: Local Climatology for the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas

This months Climate Calendar from the Midwest Regional Climate Center.

 

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