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Rodeo Season

SNR professor competed in Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo

This story was updated on 4/23/2019. Tony Lupo, professor of atmospheric science in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and Joe Renken, a self-taught meteorologist for KOPN, teamed up for the National Integrated Drought Information System’s (NIDIS) Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo in 2017. The rodeo began in April of 2017 and continued until April of 2018. Every other week, each team submitted a…

‘A Diamond in the Rough’

MU Department of Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences converts ambulance into weather vehicle

You never know what you’ll find for sale on the side of the road. Graduate student Chasity Henson found something hugely beneficial to the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Department of Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences. Henson, who grew up in Carthage, Mo., was heading home to visit her parents on a weekend last year when…

Who’ll Report the Rain?

Volunteer-driven CoCoRaHS includes daily precipitation reports

A valuable tool in monitoring precipitation is CoCoRaHS. The free online database includes daily reports of precipitation collected through a grassroots effort of volunteers that measure and submit to the website at The data is then mapped out to allow users quick and easy access to rainfall amounts in their area.

Social Mizzou Weather

Tweets and posts keep followers updated on forecasts

There’s a new alternative to keep you apprised of what’s happening outside.

Under the Radar

An atmospheric science grad describes his career

If you watch RFD-TV, one of the nation’s largest syndicated news programs, you get your agricultural weather forecast from Chief Meteorologist Chayot (C.T.) Thongklin, a MU-trained meteorologist.

Sea Change

Pacific Ocean temperatures influence tornado activity in U.S.

A SNR researcher has found that the temperature of the Pacific Ocean could help scientists predict the type and location of tornado activity in the United States.

Look Out Illinois!

Tornado Alley shifts eastward this storm season

Tornado Alley will probably see slightly fewer tornadoes this storm season, while areas to its east will see a more than average, says a climate expert at the University of Missouri.

Another Dry Summer?

El Nino may be coming, but the soil is still too dry for cooling

The culprit for the dry weather that has parched much of the Midwest may be fading, a University of Missouri atmospheric scientist said. But don’t expect much relief, yet.

Parched Deep

There'll be at least two more years of drought -- six feet down

Even if the Midwest gets normal rain and snow, it will take almost two years for soil moisture deep in the earth to recharge and sustain normal crop growth, said a soil scientist.

South Farm Showcase

Research farm open house set for Sept. 22

One of the University of Missouri’s most important research centers, South Farm, will host a day of science and discovery for the entire family. A tornado tracking truck, cockroach races, tethered hot air balloon rides and prize pepper tasting are just a few of the myriad interactive attractions at the event.The sixth annual South Farm Showcase will take place from…