"St. Louis, Missouri received 8.39 inches of rainfall during the month of March 2008," their Web site said. "This breaks the old March rainfall record of 8.25 inches set back in 1897. Normal rainfall for the month of March is 3.60 inches."
Here are the top 10 wettest Marches on record:
|1||8.39 - 2008|
|2||8.25 - 1897|
|3||7.97 - 1913|
|4||7.87 - 1904|
|5||7.73 - 1898|
|6||7.67 - 1927|
|7||7.63 - 1945|
|8||6.90 - 1876|
|9||6.67 - 1978|
|10||6.59 - 1938|
So, we've had record rainfall and major flooding in local rivers/streams. What will happen when all the snow (areas in Minnesota had an additional eight inches fall yesterday) begins to melt from up north and drains into the Mississippi and Missouri rivers? I'm not sure it takes a meteorologist to tell you flooding is going to be a problem this spring.
Oh, and more rain is expected Wednesday into Thursday, according to the NWS:
...MORE THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT
THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT...
ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM WILL DEVELOP OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS ON
WEDNESDAY AND SPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS CONTAINING HEAVY
RAINFALL UP OVER THE MID MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE
RAIN IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT.
THE EXACT TRACK OF THIS STORM...AND WHERE THE HEAVIEST RAIN WILL
FALL IS STILL UNCERTAIN. HOWEVER...CURRENT INDICATIONS ARE THAT
SEVERAL INCHES OF RAIN WILL BE POSSIBLE ALONG AND SOUTH OF THE
INTERSTATE 70 CORRIDOR. THIS IS THE SAME AREA THAT HAS BEEN HIT
HARD WITH HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING IN THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS.
THE HEAVY RAINFALL FROM YESTERDAY...AND ALSO FROM THE PAST SEVERAL
WEEKS HAS SATURATED THE GROUND AND BROUGHT MANY STREAMS AND CREEKS TO
NEAR BANKFULL. ANY ADDITIONAL RAINFALL WILL IMMEDIATELY RUN OFF
INTO AREA STREAMS AND RIVERS. FLASH FLOODING LOOKS LIKELY...AND IT
IS POSSIBLE THAT SOME OF THE AREAS HARDEST HIT BY RIVER FLOODING A
FEW WEEKS AGO COULD BE HIT AGAIN.
EMERGENCY MANAGERS AND THOSE WITH PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN LOW
LYING OR FLOOD PRONE AREAS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CLOSELY MONITOR
WEATHER DEVELOPMENTS THROUGH MIDWEEK.