Severe Event Summary
March 27, 2008




Warm, moist and unstable air moved into the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas during the day south of a warm front which had lifted north into central Missouri.  Afternoon temperatures reached the upper 70s to low 80s over southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri with dew points in the 50s.  Thunderstorms were able to develop along a cold front over southeast Kansas and western Missouri along a strong cold front by the late afternoon and were able to become severe after breaking through the thermal cap.

Instability and wind shear were favorable for supercells to develop during the evening with large hail as the main severe weather hazard.  As the storms moved into central Missouri closer to the warm front, the storms had more shear to work with and started to show signs of tornadic development.  Several reports of funnel clouds and brief touchdowns were relayed to the WFO in Springfield, however storm surveys conducted on the 28th did not reveal any tornadic damage.

Most of the damage was done by the large hail.  Most of the storms that became severe did produce large hail, many as large as golf ball to baseball size.  The were several reports of golf ball hail covering the ground.

Behind the front, additional thunderstorms began to develop at mid evening over western Missouri in an area of elevated instability.  There was still enough shear remaining for these storms to produce large hail with hail as large as golf balls being reported with this second wave of severe weather.

Photos from this event...

Photo of golf ball to whiffle ball size hail taken by David Hokanson of Laquey, MO

Hail covering the ground brings slow down to I-44 near Waynesville - photo by Bill Anderson

Hail damage on windshield in Lenox, MO - Taken by Larry Dooley (NWS SGF) on Storm Survey

Hail damage to church in Lenox, MO - Taken by Larry Dooley (NWS SGF) on Storm Survey

Hail leaves dent marks on ground in Lenox, MO - Taken by Larry Dooley (NWS SGF) on Storm Survey

Hail size still impressive 1 day later on Storm Survey - Taken by Larry Dooley (NWS SGF)


Below is a list of the storm reports from the event of March 27th, 2008.

Severe Weather Reports

Local Storm Reports

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
MARCH 27TH 2008 SEVERE WEATHER EVENT

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0440 PM     HAIL             COLLINS                 37.89N 93.62W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       ST. CLAIR          MO   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

0500 PM     HAIL             SENECA                  36.84N 94.61W
03/27/2008  E0.88 INCH       NEWTON             MO   PUBLIC

0515 PM     HAIL             3 WSW ALDRICH           37.53N 93.61W
03/27/2008  E0.75 INCH       POLK               MO   PUBLIC

            TIME ESTIMATED. REPORT FROM VOLUNTEER WEATHER OBSERVER
            POL304.

0515 PM     HAIL             3 E FLEMINGTON          37.80N 93.45W
03/27/2008  E0.88 INCH       POLK               MO   CO-OP OBSERVER

0531 PM     HAIL             2 SE MONTREAL           37.95N 92.57W
03/27/2008  E0.75 INCH       CAMDEN             MO   PUBLIC

            HAIL COVERING THE GROUND.

0532 PM     HAIL             TUNAS                   37.85N 93.03W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       DALLAS             MO   PUBLIC

0534 PM     HAIL             MOUNT VERNON            37.10N 93.82W
03/27/2008  E0.75 INCH       LAWRENCE           MO   AMATEUR RADIO

0540 PM     HAIL             OSAGE BEACH             38.15N 92.62W
03/27/2008  E0.75 INCH       CAMDEN             MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0550 PM     HAIL             NEOSHO                  36.87N 94.37W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       NEWTON             MO   PUBLIC

0556 PM     HAIL             NEOSHO                  36.87N 94.37W
03/27/2008  E0.75 INCH       NEWTON             MO   PUBLIC

            NEAR HWY 71 AND 66

0556 PM     HAIL             CAMDENTON               38.01N 92.74W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       CAMDEN             MO   PUBLIC

0557 PM     HAIL             TUNAS                   37.85N 93.03W
03/27/2008  M1.75 INCH       DALLAS             MO   PUBLIC

            GOLF BALL HAIL COVERING THE GROUND.

0600 PM     HAIL             CAMDENTON               38.01N 92.74W
03/27/2008  E0.88 INCH       CAMDEN             MO   POST OFFICE

0600 PM     HAIL             ELDRIDGE                37.83N 92.75W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       LACLEDE            MO   EMERGENCY MNGR

0600 PM     HAIL             1 W MORGAN              37.51N 92.69W
03/27/2008  E0.75 INCH       LACLEDE            MO   PUBLIC

            TIME ESTIMATED

0613 PM     HAIL             BRINKTOWN               38.13N 92.07W
03/27/2008  E0.25 INCH       MARIES             MO   PUBLIC

            PEA SIZE HAIL REPORTED

0619 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 SW VIENNA             38.14N 92.01W
03/27/2008                   MARIES             MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            BARN DAMAGED ON HIGHWAY 28 BETWEEN DIXON AND VIENNA. TIME
            AND LOCATION ESTIMATED.

0625 PM     HAIL             SOUTH WEST CITY         36.51N 94.61W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       MCDONALD           MO   EMERGENCY MNGR

            AONLG WITH 50MPH WINDS.

0625 PM     TSTM WND DMG     2 SE STOUTLAND          37.79N 92.49W
03/27/2008                   LACLEDE            MO   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TWO OUT BUILDINGS AND A GAZEBO KNOCKED OVER. ESTIMATED 70
            TO 80 MPH WINDS. TIME ESTIMATED.

0630 PM     HAIL             OSAGE BEACH             38.15N 92.62W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       CAMDEN             MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0635 PM     HAIL             5 WNW VICHY             38.13N 91.85W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       MARIES             MO   TRAINED SPOTTER

            QUARTER SIZE HAIL REPORTED

0635 PM     TSTM WND DMG     LAQUEY                  37.77N 92.30W
03/27/2008                   PULASKI            MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN.  TIME ESTIMATED.

0639 PM     TORNADO          1 S WAYNESVILLE         37.81N 92.20W
03/27/2008                   PULASKI            MO   PUBLIC

            BRIEF TOUCHDOWN OF TORNADO REPORTED NEAR HWY H AND POLLA
            RD BY 911 CALL. TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN.

0640 PM     HAIL             LAQUEY                  37.77N 92.30W
03/27/2008  E2.75 INCH       PULASKI            MO   PUBLIC

            BASEBALL SIZE HAIL REPORTED

0643 PM     TSTM WND GST     6 SE STOUTLAND          37.75N 92.44W
03/27/2008  E80.00 MPH       LACLEDE            MO   EMERGENCY MNGR

            70-80 MPH WINDS REPORTED WITH DAMAGE TO SEVERAL SMALL
            STRUCTURES.

0644 PM     HAIL             WAYNESVILLE             37.83N 92.20W
03/27/2008  E0.75 INCH       PULASKI            MO   EMERGENCY MNGR

0644 PM     TSTM WND GST     WAYNESVILLE             37.83N 92.20W
03/27/2008  E70.00 MPH       PULASKI            MO   EMERGENCY MNGR

0648 PM     HAIL             6 NW ST. JAMES          38.06N 91.69W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       MARIES             MO   TRAINED SPOTTER

0649 PM     HAIL             1 WNW NORTHWYE          37.98N 91.76W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       PHELPS             MO   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TIME ESTIMATED

0650 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     1 E ROLLA               37.95N 91.75W
03/27/2008                   PHELPS             MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            FUNNEL CLOUD NEAR INTERSTATE 44.

0650 PM     HAIL             1 E ROLLA               37.95N 91.75W
03/27/2008  E0.75 INCH       PHELPS             MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            PENNY SIZE HAIL ON INTERSTATE 44.

0653 PM     HAIL             ST. JAMES               38.00N 91.61W
03/27/2008  M0.88 INCH       PHELPS             MO   NWS OFFICE

            RELAYED FROM ST. LOUIS NWS OFFICE.

0653 PM     TSTM WND DMG     LAQUEY                  37.77N 92.30W
03/27/2008                   PULASKI            MO   PUBLIC

            ESTIMATED 70 MPH WIND. POWER LINES DOWN.

0655 PM     HAIL             ST. ROBERT              37.83N 92.18W
03/27/2008  E0.88 INCH       PULASKI            MO   PUBLIC

            NICKEL SIZE HAIL REPORTED

0655 PM     TORNADO          1 E ST. JAMES           38.00N 91.60W
03/27/2008                   PHELPS             MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0656 PM     HAIL             FORT LEONARD WOOD       37.71N 92.16W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       PULASKI            MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            REPORTED AT THE BASE

0708 PM     HAIL             3 NW BEULAH             37.65N 91.96W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       PHELPS             MO   PUBLIC

            HAIL COVERING THE GROUND RANGING FROM PEA TO GOLF BALL
            SIZE IN THE TOWN OF DUKE.

0710 PM     HAIL             COMPETITION             37.48N 92.43W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       LACLEDE            MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0710 PM     HAIL             1 W EDGAR SPRINGS       37.70N 91.88W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       PHELPS             MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TIME ESTIMATED

0720 PM     HAIL             LENOX                   37.65N 91.76W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       DENT               MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            WINDOWS BROKEN OUT OF HOME.

0720 PM     HAIL             LENOX                   37.65N 91.76W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       DENT               MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0720 PM     TORNADO          EDGAR SPRINGS           37.70N 91.87W
03/27/2008                   PHELPS             MO   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TORNADO REPORTED NEAR EDGAR SPRINGS. TIME ESTIMATED.

0724 PM     HAIL             ST. JAMES               38.00N 91.61W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       PHELPS             MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0727 PM     HAIL             5 N LYNCHBURG           37.57N 92.29W
03/27/2008  E1.25 INCH       LACLEDE            MO   AMATEUR RADIO

            DIME TO HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL

0730 PM     HAIL             8 N LICKING             37.62N 91.86W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       PHELPS             MO   BROADCAST MEDIA

            TIME AND LOCATION ESTIMATED.

0730 PM     HAIL             7 N LICKING             37.60N 91.86W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       PHELPS             MO   AMATEUR RADIO

0730 PM     HAIL             LENOX                   37.65N 91.76W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       DENT               MO   PUBLIC

            GOLFBALL SIZE COVERING THE GROUND.

0730 PM     HAIL             LENOX                   37.65N 91.76W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       DENT               MO   PUBLIC

            GOLFBALL SIZE HAIL COVERED THE GROUND.

0736 PM     HAIL             FALCON                  37.60N 92.38W
03/27/2008  M1.25 INCH       LACLEDE            MO   BROADCAST MEDIA

0740 PM     HAIL             SALEM                   37.65N 91.54W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       DENT               MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            QUARTER SIZE HAIL AT JUNCTION OF J AND 32 HIGHWAY.

0742 PM     HAIL             5 N LYNCHBURG           37.57N 92.29W
03/27/2008  E1.25 INCH       LACLEDE            MO   AMATEUR RADIO

0744 PM     HAIL             SALEM                   37.65N 91.54W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       DENT               MO   EMERGENCY MNGR

0750 PM     HAIL             SALEM                   37.65N 91.54W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       DENT               MO   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

            QUARTER SIZE HAIL REPORTED.

0750 PM     HAIL             SALEM                   37.65N 91.54W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       DENT               MO   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

0751 PM     TSTM WND DMG     7 SE SALEM              37.57N 91.45W
03/27/2008                   DENT               MO   NWS STORM SURVEY

            POLE BARN FLATTENED.

0800 PM     TORNADO          1 S LICKING             37.48N 91.86W
03/27/2008  F0               TEXAS              MO   NWS STORM SURVEY

            A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICIAL CONDUCTING A STORM
            SURVEY IN NORTHERN TEXAS COUNTY DETERMINED THAT AN EF0
            TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN BREIFLY APPROXIMATELY ONE MILE SOUTH
            OF LICKING. THE TORNADO TRAVELED ALONG A 30 YARD
            WIDE...50 YARD LONG PATH PRODUCING WINDS ESTIMATED AT 65
            TO 68 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN A FEILD PRODUCING
            NO DAMAGE.

0800 PM     HAIL             LICKING                 37.50N 91.86W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       TEXAS              MO   AMATEUR RADIO

            60MPH WIND DRIVEN GOLFBALL SIZE HAIL DAMAGED
            SIDING...CARS AND A TRAILER.

0801 PM     HAIL             LICKING                 37.50N 91.86W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       TEXAS              MO   EMERGENCY MNGR

            SIGNIFICANT HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES. DAMAGE ALSO REPORTED
            AT A CAR LOT.

0801 PM     HAIL             LICKING                 37.50N 91.86W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       TEXAS              MO   AMATEUR RADIO

            HAIL UP TO GOLFBALL SIZED. DAMAGE TO SIDING AND SCREENS
            ON A TRAILER AND OUTBUILDING. HAIL WAS WIND
            DRIVEN...ESTIMATE WIND SPEED OF 50 MPH.

0802 PM     HAIL             1 W LICKING             37.50N 91.88W
03/27/2008  E0.75 INCH       TEXAS              MO   AMATEUR RADIO

0802 PM     HAIL             LICKING                 37.50N 91.86W
03/27/2008  E0.70 INCH       TEXAS              MO   AMATEUR RADIO

0805 PM     TORNADO          2 N GLADDEN             37.53N 91.46W
03/27/2008                   DENT               MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TORNADO NEAR HIGHWAY 19 HEADING TOWARDS TOWN OF BUNKER.
            TIME AND LOCATION ESTIMATED.

0805 PM     HAIL             RICHLAND                37.86N 92.40W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       PULASKI            MO   AMATEUR RADIO

0805 PM     HAIL             3 N MONTAUK             37.49N 91.70W
03/27/2008  E1.50 INCH       DENT               MO   PUBLIC

            TIME ESTIMATED

0806 PM     HAIL             LICKING                 37.50N 91.86W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       TEXAS              MO   AMATEUR RADIO

0815 PM     HAIL             MONTAUK                 37.45N 91.70W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       DENT               MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0820 PM     HAIL             10 SE TURTLE            37.42N 91.28W
03/27/2008  E2.50 INCH       DENT               MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TENNIS BALL SIZE HAIL NEAR TOWN OF BUNKER. TIME
            ESTIMATED.

0825 PM     HAIL             JADWIN                  37.49N 91.57W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       DENT               MO   PUBLIC

0915 PM     HAIL             3 S NEOSHO              36.83N 94.37W
03/27/2008  E0.75 INCH       NEWTON             MO   PUBLIC

0917 PM     HAIL             4 S NEOSHO              36.81N 94.37W
03/27/2008  E0.75 INCH       NEWTON             MO   PUBLIC

            DIME SIZE HAIL REPORTED.

0924 PM     HAIL             2 NNE MONETT            36.95N 93.91W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       LAWRENCE           MO   AMATEUR RADIO

0937 PM     HAIL             AURORA                  36.97N 93.72W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       LAWRENCE           MO   AMATEUR RADIO

            DIME TO QUARTER SIZED HAIL REPORTED.

0941 PM     HAIL             WHEATON                 36.76N 94.06W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       BARRY              MO   PUBLIC

1005 PM     HAIL             2 ENE HURLEY            36.94N 93.47W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       STONE              MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL AT JUNCTION OF A AND K HIGHWAY.

1005 PM     HAIL             BRIGHTON                37.46N 93.35W
03/27/2008  E0.75 INCH       POLK               MO   PUBLIC

1015 PM     HAIL             4 S NIXA                36.99N 93.29W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       CHRISTIAN          MO   PUBLIC

            QUARTER SIZE HAIL REPORTED.

1021 PM     HAIL             OZARK                   37.02N 93.21W
03/27/2008  E0.25 INCH       CHRISTIAN          MO   PUBLIC

            PEA SIZE HAIL REPORTED.

1025 PM     HAIL             1 S OZARK               37.01N 93.21W
03/27/2008  E0.88 INCH       CHRISTIAN          MO   PUBLIC

            NICKEL SIZE HAIL REPORTED.

1026 PM     HAIL             ANDERSON                36.65N 94.44W
03/27/2008  E0.88 INCH       MCDONALD           MO   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

            NICKEL SIZED HAIL REPORTED.

1027 PM     HAIL             SPRINGFIELD             37.20N 93.29W
03/27/2008  E0.75 INCH       GREENE             MO   AMATEUR RADIO

            PENNY SIZE HAIL AT JUNCTION OF INTERSTATE 44 AND
            NATIONAL.

1028 PM     HAIL             1 SW OZARK              37.01N 93.22W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       CHRISTIAN          MO   BROADCAST MEDIA

            QUARTER SIZE HAIL ONE MILE WEST OF JUCTION OF 65 AND 14
            HIGHWAY.

1034 PM     HAIL             5 WNW GALENA            36.83N 93.55W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       STONE              MO   AMATEUR RADIO

            QUARTER SIZE HAIL AT JUNCTION OF 248 AND 173 HIGHWAY.

1040 PM     HAIL             AURORA                  36.97N 93.72W
03/27/2008  E1.75 INCH       LAWRENCE           MO   AMATEUR RADIO

            GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL AT HIGHWAY 60 IN AURORA.

1040 PM     HAIL             GALENA                  36.81N 93.47W
03/27/2008  E0.70 INCH       STONE              MO   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            DIME SIZE HAIL REPORTED WITH HEAVY RAIN.

1103 PM     HAIL             GOODHOPE                36.91N 92.81W
03/27/2008  E0.88 INCH       DOUGLAS            MO   AMATEUR RADIO

            NICKEL SIZE HAIL AT 76 AND T HIGHWAY.

1107 PM     HAIL             6 NW PONCE DE LEON      36.94N 93.43W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       STONE              MO   AMATEUR RADIO

1116 PM     HAIL             HIGHLANDVI              36.93N 93.28W
03/27/2008  E0.50 INCH       CHRISTIAN          MO   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

            PEA TO DIME SIZED HAIL REPORTED.

1130 PM     HAIL             2 S OLDFIELD            36.95N 93.04W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       CHRISTIAN          MO   PUBLIC

1130 PM     HAIL             6 W POWELL              36.62N 94.29W
03/27/2008  E1.00 INCH       MCDONALD           MO   POST OFFICE

1147 PM     HAIL             DRURY                   36.93N 92.32W
03/27/2008  E1.25 INCH       DOUGLAS            MO   PUBLIC

1212 AM     HAIL             3 W HOLLISTER           36.62N 93.27W
03/28/2008  E0.88 INCH       TANEY              MO   AMATEUR RADIO

1235 AM     HAIL             GENTRYVILLE             36.86N 92.36W
03/28/2008  E1.00 INCH       DOUGLAS            MO   CO-OP OBSERVER

0230 AM     HAIL             MYRTLE                  36.51N 91.27W
03/28/2008  E0.75 INCH       OREGON             MO   PUBLIC



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