Severe Thunderstorm Cells
A broken line of severe thunderstorms rolled through northern portion of our viewing area very late Monday evening and early Tuesday morning. The main calling card was severe hail and some gusty winds. That being said, there were several storms which showed intense enough rotation to issue tornado warnings on throughout the wee hours of the 17th. As of this writing, no tornado sightings, touchdowns or damage have been reported. The storms were in a hurry, moving ENE across Missouri at around 50-55 mph.
The storms initiated northwest of Springfield close to the Kansas border during the late evening hours Monday night. They began to grow severe shortly before 11 pm when the first severe thunderstorm warning went up for Cedar County. Hickory County was next in line and severe winds did do damage to a dock roof at Bell Harbor Resort at about 11:20 pm. There were also severe hail reports near Hermitage and west of Pittsburg with these storms.
As the storms raced east, they became stronger. Rotation signatures would continue to flare up if even for only brief periods while overall rotation was maintain enough to label these as supercell storms. The hail reports increased in frequency and along with the size. Iberia, in Miller County, was hit with large hail from two separate storms: 1″ hail at around 11:45 and 1.25″ hail just before 1 am. Brumley and areas just north of Vichy also received some large hail reports.
A second round of storms forming right along the cold front later in the morning did produce additional hail reports in Rolla, Richland, near Eldridge and near Waynesville. Some minor roof damage was reported in northwest Lebanon as well.
Our own Springfield National Weather Service has a write up on these cells as well!
As I write this, the temperatures is already below twenty degrees! The more seasonal air will be with us for Wednesday and Thursday. In the thirties most of Wednesday and forties Thursday and Friday.
Milder, Perhaps Rain Hits?
The weekend and into early next week looks milder with a rapid progression of disturbances. There seems to be more opportunity for rain as humidity from the south may actually be drawn into these systems. One (the weaker one) affects us on Friday. The other looks to roll in here around Monday and appears to be the stronger of the two systems. Monday’s system may have more severe like storms connected to it.
Was today, Tuesday, and wouldn’t you know it, the stomach bug that has been going around just decided to pay me a visit. This is why my report is a tad late today. Better now!