A Stormy Labor Day In The Ozarks

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A Stormy Labor Day In The Ozarks

By Ted Keller. CREATED Sep 2, 2014 - UPDATED: Sep 3, 2014

Two rounds of storms, one early and one late, produced mainly wind damage and multiple tornadoes on Labor Day.


National Weather Service storm surveys reveal two addtional EF-1 tornadoes in northern Newton County near Saginaw.


The first round of storms came into the Ozarks as a line from the northwest during the pre-dawn hours.  The line was beginning to lose some of its energy but it was still able to produce widespread 45-50 mph winds in Springfield.  A power pole was snapped on north Glenstone near Evangel College which knocked out power in that area.

More storms began to develop during the early evening.  A storm which passed over Stockton, Missouri around 7 pm showed increased rotation around 7 pm.  The storm had an impressive wall cloud as viewed from the Stockton High School.  This storm was tornado-warned as it continued east into Polk County. Several other photos showed the impressive circular flow in the lower portion of the storm.

Another line of storms approached extreme southwest Missouri in the 11 o'clock hour.  This line produced a swirl or small scale low at its northern end as it passed just south of Joplin in extreme northern Newton County.  This small scale low appears to be responsible for an EF-1 tornado touchdown near Leawood around 11:08 pm, part of a more extensive area of wind damage.

Wind damage continued to be reported as the low traveled east-northeast. Damage was reported in Aurora and also in Republic before the feature fell apart over Greene County and Springfield after midnight.


Slideshow of radar images showing location of wind damage and tornadoes

Storms cause damage in Polk County on Labor Day

Storm damage reports from Labor Day

National Weather Service review of the storm