The day will be best remembered for the extremely generous rainfall which was so desperately needed in the area! We also had two confirmed tornadoes and several tornado warnings along with some wind damage in the Ozarks.
The two EF1 tornado reports north of Springfield are connected to a rapidly-moving bowing thunderstorm segment which traveled from southeast Kansas to Morgan County during the morning hours. The first EF1 tornado occurred around 11 am just N of Cedar Springs in Cedar County. A second EF1 tornado happened about 20 minutes later in St. Clair County about 4 miles NE of Gerster.
The bowing segment also produced wind damage at various points along the path.
Another bowing line segment came out of northwestern Arkansas late in the afternoon. The rotating portion of this segment passed through extreme southeastern Stone County and southwestern Taney County. It was responsible for a tornado warning for those areas during the 4 o’clock hour. Several areas of rotation occurred with this line segment and wind damage was reported but thus far no tornadoes have been identified with this system.
The rain was the other big story. I included the latest drought summary for the Ozarks which doesn’t include the rain of Tuesday. The drought is considered moderate over much of Missouri and more critical over portions of northwest Arkansas. By the time the report comes out next Thursday, the generous rains of Tuesday will be included and it will be interesting to compare.
Nearly all areas of the Ozarks received at least one inch of rain. Many got more than two inches or even three inch plus totals.