Extreme Heavy Rainfall and Flash Flooding August 3rd - August 10th, 2013

National Weather Service, Springfield, MO

Event Summary

Extreme heavy rainfall occurred on an every night basis in differing locations across the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas from August 3rd through August 10th, 2013.  Rainfall rates of around two inches per hour occurred with these storms each night and trained across the same locations for several hours.  High 24 hour precipitation totals were the result with some locations receiving between 8 to 10 inches of rain in a short window of time.  This extreme amount of rainfall led to dangerous flash flooding, many water rescues, hundreds of flooded roadways and 3 deaths. 

There was widespread 5 to 6 inches of rainfall across the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas for the week with a large area of greater than 10 inches in parts of central and south central Missouri.  There was also a decent area of greater than 15 inches from the southern half of Pulaski county in to Wright county.


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