Be prepared for bad weather in Missouri Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
By Robert Johnson

Public Affairs Office
If you don’t like the weather, just wait, it will change.

For many Missourians, that phrase can be the difference between a warm spring morning and an afternoon of thunderstorms or an evening of tornados. Weather in central Missouri can be difficult to predict and often it can turn hazardous.

While bad weather can occur any time of the year, spring is particularly vulnerable because of warm and cold air masses colliding over our heads in the Midwest on a daily basis, according to the National Weather Service. The warm gulf air when displaced by some cold Canadian air can produce multiple tornados and violent storms across the entire region. These storms can turn deadly.

On May 22, 2011, an EF5 tornado touched down in Joplin, Missouri. In a mere 38 minutes, 158 people were dead and more than a thousand were injured. Stores, homes and hospitals were destroyed. It became the costliest tornado in American history, reaching a price tag of $2.8 billion dollars in property damage.

But tornados aren’t the only weather threat from the skies. Lightning kills roughly 40 to 50 people in the United States each year and is second only to flooding as deadly weather situations. Even hail can be deadly as evident when more than a thousand English Soldiers were caught in the open and killed by a hail storm during the 100 Years War.

One way to mitigate your risk to hazardous weather conditions is to be prepared. Know where to shelter from a storm and know when to seek shelter. An essential item in your home should be a weather radio…one capable of working even when the power goes out and a map to track the storms.

A great source of information for surviving hazardous weather conditions can be found at and is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  A brochure from can be printed as a checklist to keep your Family safe.

If you don’t like the weather, just wait, it will change, but don’t wait to get prepared for when the weather changes for the worst.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 May 2017 )