Heavy rainfall occurred across portions of Southeast Kansas and the Missouri Ozarks Monday night through early Wednesday morning associated with a strong upper level storm system. Flash flooding and river flooding developed across the area from the heavy rain and the runoff. Record rainfall amounts were set at Joplin, Springfield, Vichy-Rolla and West Plains on Tuesday, March 18th. The month of March will go down as one of the wettest March’s on record at Springfield, Joplin, West Plains and Vichy-Rolla.

March 18, 2008 Record Rainfall
Location Amount Old March 18th Record Old Daily March Record
Springfield 3.93" 2.75" 1889 3.35" March 31, 1927
Joplin 3.22" 1.42" 1984 2.81" March 10, 1974
West Plains 5.69" 1.29" 1975 4.21" March 27, 1977
Vichy-Rolla 3.80" 1.33" 1944 3.13" March 20, 1962

March Rainfall Records
Location Amount As of March 20th
Current Rank
Wettest March on Record
Springfield 7.97" 5th 9.09" 1935
Joplin 5.53" 9th 9.04" 1973
West Plains 10.60" 1st 9.87" 2002
Vichy-Rolla 5.87" 4th 7.41" 1945



March 18-20, 2008 River Data

Location River Crest (ft) Crest Rank Historical Crest (ft)
Hazelgreen Gasconade 34.58 1 34.46     12-03-1982
Joplin Shoal Creek 18.33 1 17.24     6-11-1995
Galena James 35.32 1 33.46     9-25-1993
Tiff City Elk 25.19 2 (1) 28.40     4-19-1941
(2) 24.72     5-21-1957
Springfield James 19.88 2 (1) 22.00     7-1-1909
(2) 19.45     9-25-1993
Mountain View Jacks Fork 20.39 2 (1) 26.79     5-8-2002
(2) 17.68     4-24-2004
Edgar Springs Big Piney 23.58 2 (1) 24.50     12-4-1982
(2) 20.70     12-27-1942
Jerome Gasconade 30.43 2 (1) 31.34     12-5-1982
(2) 29.60     9-27-1993
Moorisville Little Sac 19.92 3 (1) 25.54     8-20-2007
(3) 17.03     5-8-2002   
Fort Leonard Wood Big Piney 22.60 4 (1) 29.00     9-26-1993
(4) 21.00     5-9-2002
Tecumseh North Fork of White River 22.79 5 (1) 35.00     8-1-1915
(5) 22.60     9-25-1993
Waco Spring 27.09 8 (1) 34.06     9-26-1993
(8) 26.29     3-11-1974
Eminence Jacks Fork 16.44 9 (1) 27.00     1-1-1904
(9) 16.32     9-25-1993
Springfield Wilson Creek 9.46   (1) 12.7 No other data available
Carthage Spring 18.38   (1) 22.0 No other data available
Greenfield Turnback Creek 20.43   (1) 26.3 No other data available






March 19, 2008 Rainfall

 
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