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Where does Mid-Missouri’s rain come from?

A large amount of people understand that rainfall is typically tied to fronts and low pressure systems in some way. Where exactly does these low pressure systems come from and how do we get the moisture to drive the precipitation in Mid-Missouri?

The majority of the low pressure systems that drives precipitation that makes its way to Mid-Missouri begins its life near the Rocky Mountains. Low pressure systems form along the eastern side of the Rockies and begin to move to the east usually tied with cold and warm fronts. Eventually, these fronts land over Mid-Missouri.

The next feature missing is the moisture needed. This moisture originates typically from the Gulf of Mexico. It is then transported to Mid-Missouri through the low-level jet.

When a front meets with this moisture, rainfall can then form and make its way to the surface of the earth.
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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms.

Chance joined the ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February 2021. He is currently the weekday noon meteorologist.


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