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This weather chart looks rather ominous

Posted Thursday, April 30, 2009, at 4:05 PM

By James Baughn

Here it comes: Rain is expected to continue off and on for at least the next week. This forecast chart from the National Weather Service shows the amount of rain expected to fall over the next 5 days:

Cape Girardeau is shown in the 5-6 inch range, very close to the 7-8 inch bullseye.

I haven't seen these colors since last March. In the days leading up to last year's Mother of All Rainstorms, the computer models were cranking out huge rainfall forecasts in the 6+ inch range -- only slightly more than they are now.

Could we see a repeat performance? Unlike last year, the coming rains will likely be spread out over several days, so it's doubtful we would see anything like last March's record-shattering 13.5 inches within 36 hours. But it's safe to say that things are going to be very soggy.

Meanwhile, the Mississippi River is poised to hit flood stage yet again this year, with the latest forecasts now projecting the river level to jump to almost 37 feet ("moderate flooding") at Cape by the middle of next week.


Winter storm poll

We're still taking votes to decide what naming scheme we should use for the 2009-2010 winter storm season. Currently, characters from "Family Guy" have the slight lead. I don't know, but "Winter Storm Adam West" just sounds so... wrong.

 Keep using "Simpsons" characters

 Switch to "Family Guy" characters

 Switch to "South Park" characters

 Adopt characters from some other TV show

 Use names of famous villains, criminals, and politicians from history

 Go with something else (specify in the comments)


Comments
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ANYTHING but that freakin' "Family Guy", or "South Park"! But, if that's what the masses want...???

How's about rockers from the past, like Molly Hatchet? Or, Jethro Tull? Not to mention a "confusing" storm like Ozzy Osborne!

Nothin' suits a storm---winter or summer!---better than being named "Flirtin' With Disaster", or "Watchtower"!

Not as nasty as "Family", or "Park", true. BUT---there'd never be a dull moment during the storm sirens, eh...???

-- Posted by donknome-2 on Thu, Apr 30, 2009, at 7:35 PM

I never thought about naming storms after vintage rock stars and groups, but I think it's a great idea. Go with that!!!!!

-- Posted by cubbytodd on Thu, Apr 30, 2009, at 10:40 PM

You know, that's not a bad idea. "Tornado Ozzy" would be scary indeed.

Another possibility: Former St. Louis Cardinals players that stunk up the place. Kip Wells and Julian Tavarez, for example. I'd hate to face "Winter Storm Tavarez" -- he would knock out phone service immediately. That might be too obscure of a reference, though, for most people...

-- Posted by James Baughn on Fri, May 1, 2009, at 9:24 AM

Yeah, the players would be another good one! Maybe you should do a "recall" on the "new-names" survey?

But geez---just imagine the carnage of an approaching squall line with the moniker, "AC/DC:For Those About To ROCK!!!" And, Lord knows there'd be a practically endless supply of titles!

"Reach up there, an' pull that shutter tight again, Virginia---it's lookin' uglier by the verse...!"

Nah. You "youngsters" probably couldn't handle it......LOL!!!

-- Posted by donknome-2 on Fri, May 1, 2009, at 10:39 AM


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