- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)47
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)42
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
Cape Girardeau experienced the driest August on record this year since 1961, according to National Weather Service observations.
Only 0.01 inches of rain was recorded in August at the National Weather Service's observation station at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, the driest since the agency began to take records there in 1961.
Before 1961, Southeast Missouri State University recorded observations dating from 1919, said Pat Guinan, state climatologist with the University of Missouri Extension. Comparing those records, 2007 is the second-driest August on record, Guinan said. The driest August came in 1936, when no measurable precipitation was recorded.
So far this year, according to the combined Southeast and National Weather Service records, the March-through-August period has been the driest such period recorded since 1936, and ranks as the third driest.
Driest March-through-August periods recorded:
1. 9.23 inches -- 1930
2. 11.63 inches -- 1936
3. 12.75 inches -- 2007
4. 13.69 inches -- 1988
5. 13.93 inches -- 1941
Source: Southeast Missouri State University and National Weather Service observations