Despite rainfall numbers at mid-year that were twice the normal amount, it appears the area will not set a record for annual precipitation as recently was achieved in St. Louis.

According to the National Weather Service in Springfield, through Tuesday evening precipation at Rolla’s Vichy Airport totaled 52.55 inches, exactly 12.72 inches more than the average through Dec. 23.


Despite rainfall numbers at mid-year that were twice the normal amount, it appears the area will not set a record for annual precipitation as recently was achieved in St. Louis.
According to the National Weather Service in Springfield, through Tuesday evening precipation at Rolla’s Vichy Airport totaled 52.55 inches, exactly 12.72 inches more than the average through Dec. 23.
The record annual precipitation for Vichy, set in 1945, still is more than eight inches at 60.6 inches. During the weekend, annual precipitation in St. Louis exceeded 55 inches, setting a new record there.
“We’re going to get more rainfall probably by Saturday morning, but I don’t think we’ll get close enough to break the record,” said NWS Meteorologist Gerry Claycomb.
Claycomb said that rainfall will come via a front coming in from the southwest that would bring warmer temperatures and stiff winds. He also cautioned that inclement weather may follow the front.
“We could see temperatures in the 60s come Saturday morning when the rain gets here. The problem with that is this time of the year usually accompanying (abnormally warm temperatures) is severe weather,” Claycomb said, recalling the warm the weather of Jan. 7 that spawned  tornadic-type winds and the destruction that accompanies it.
“It’ll be starting after dark Friday (today) and carry into Saturday,” Claycomb said. “It’s a very good chance we could get severe weather with this warm gulf air that’ll be blowing in.”
Claycomb said the chance of rain and the severe weather (today) and into Saturday is 70 percent.
Claycomb said currently there are no flash flood warnings, but that could change Saturday.
“We have a preliminary hydrology report that states there are none, but Saturday, after this thing rolls in, that could change,” Claycomb said.