River stage: 8.42 ft. Falling
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013
"That name again is Mr. Plow."Posted Monday, March 2, 2009, at 9:45 AM
Winter Storm "Homer" delivered squat at Cape Girardeau, although areas to the south and west received quite a surprise with up to 10 inches of snow reported in Missouri, and over a foot reported in Arkansas and Tennessee.
The system produced a narrow band of heavy snow from northwest to southeast across Missouri, but somehow missed Cape Girardeau. This graphic from the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center of the National Weather Service (quite a mouthful) shows where the snow fell:
Here are the heaviest amounts reported to the NWS:
St. Robert, Pulaski County, Missouri - 10.0 in.
Salem, Dent County, Missouri - 9.3 in.
Bucyrus, Texas County, Missouri - 10.0 in.
Ellsinore, Carter County, Missouri - 6.0 in.
Blytheville, Arkansas - 12.0 in.
Oakland, Fayette County, Tennessee - 18.0 in.
Memphis, Tennessee - 5.0+ in.
After passing through Tennessee, "Homer" gained strength and brought rare snowfalls to parts of the South before starting up the coast toward New England. The Weather Channel is already calling it "The Mega-Storm."
With temperatures expected to rise into the 60s later this week and next, "Homer" may have been our last best chance for snow this season. This has been a frustrating winter for those of us that like snow: Memphis, New Orleans, Atlanta and even Las Vegas have seen major snowstorms, while we've been stuck with enough sleet and ice to last a lifetime, but very little snow.
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