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Forget April — May Had All the Showers
Bad weather always looks worse through a window. ~ Tom Lehrer, singer-songwriter

Bad weather always looks worse through a window. ~ Tom Lehrer, singer-songwriter

May was very wet in Missouri with some parts of the state getting more than 10 inches of rain. But, all that precipitation could be good news for the summer forecast.

Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program.

 

January went from bitter cold to mild temperatures
"Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat." ~ Author Unknown (Photo by Aureliy Movila )

“Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat.” ~ Author Unknown (Photo by Aureliy Movila )

Temperatures in January were a pendulum swing for Missouri.  While there were many bitter cold days, unlike our neighbors in New England, the Show-Me State saw very little snow.

Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program.

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First half of October in Missouri wet enough to set a record
Heavy rains in early October took care of drought in most of the state

Heavy rains in early October took care of drought in most of the state

A lot of rain fell on the Show-Me State in October. It delayed the harvest, eliminated statewide drought and set an all time record.

Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program.

 

 

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"Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile." William Cullen Bryant, an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post (Photo by Grethe Boe)

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant, an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post (Photo by Grethe Boe)

September 2014 Marked by Record-Shattering Low
Supercell thunderstorm in Atchison County, Missouri, September 9, 2014 (Photo by Clinton Dougherty)

Supercell thunderstorm in Atchison County, Missouri, September 9, 2014 (Photo by Clinton Dougherty)

Tons of rain hit parts of the Show-Me State and record-setting low visited Kansas City, Missouri.

Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program.

 

 

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Northern Holt County, Missouri after 7 inches of rain fell in 1 hour, September 9, 2014 (Photo by Bill Metzgar)

Northern Holt County, Missouri after 7 inches of rain fell in 1 hour, September 9, 2014 (Photo by Bill Metzgar)

Sweater weather in July
July 2014 sets a record for cool temperatures (Graphic by Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension's Commercial Agriculture Program)

July 2014 sets a record for cool temperatures (Graphic by Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program)

If you thought July in Missouri was a bit on the cool side, you’re right. Shots of cool air from Canada brought the Show-Me State below normal temperatures for the month.

 

 

 

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No lamb for March – April showers are here
Tornado near Trenton, MO. Photo credit: Amy Madden

Tornado near Trenton, MO. Photo credit: Amy Madden

Nearly 31 days  of low temperatures in March saw a month that was more lion than lamb. There was even a temperature record set.

April is bringing somewhat milder temperatures, but is shaping-up to be stormier and wetter.

 

 

 

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February in Missouri – Cold! Cold! Cold!
“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” ~ Carl Reiner (Chart from The Missouri Climate Center)

“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” ~ Carl Reiner (Chart from The Missouri Climate Center)

I saw a robin red breast today. Hopefully it is an indication that winter will soon release its grip on the Show-Me State.

While we’re still waiting on the final data, it looks like the winter of 2013-14 may be the coldest in 35 years.

Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program. He talks about the cold, the lack of needed precipitation and a rare event in Missouri.

 

 

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This winter in Missouri could set records
“Nothing burns like the cold.”  ~ George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones (Graphic by Pat Guinan, Climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program)

“Nothing burns like the cold.” ~ George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones (Graphic by Pat Guinan, Climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program)

Bitter wind chill, frozen soils and temperatures that may set records marks January in Missouri. In addition, last month saw an unusually low average dew point, making the air very dry, even by winter standards.

Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program. He says if the cold trend continues the winter 2013-14 could be the coldest in decades.

 

 

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Bitterly cold temperatures are a reality check for the Show-Me State
"Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen." ~ Willa Cather, My Antonia (Photo by Herman Brinkman)

“Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.” ~ Willa Cather, My Antonia (Photo by Herman Brinkman)

There’s no denying it. We’ve had more than a few days of bitterly cold weather. But, you can’t say this is the coldest winter ever in Missouri. During the Great Cold Wave of February 1899, two-thirds of the country saw record low temperatures that still stand today. Here in Missouri, Unionville and Mexico hit 25-below zero, Sedalia and Montreal saw 30-below and Birch Tree and Zeitonia hit 32-below zero.

Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program. He says the Show-Me State has seen mild winters for a couple of decades so many Missourians may not remember the bitter winters of the past.

 

 

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Below Normal Temps for November and Artic Air for December

Missouri got a chilly December gift from Canada and a November that continued a below normal trend for 2013.

Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program.

 

 

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