We kicked off the week with another round of pleasant temperatures, and also another round of smoky skies. The smoke continues to blow in from Canada but will thin out Tuesday as the river of smoke shifts east.

Rain would be welcome, to help wash out lingering smoke but also because we need it. September has been another dry month across the area. Springfield’s monthly total stands at well under 1″ and we’re more than halfway through the month. The average monthly total is well over 4″. So, we’ve got some catching up to do and we’ll likely put a dent in that deficit with multiple rain opportunities this week.

The short term will remain dry, but we’ll see an increase in clouds through Tuesday.

A pocket of stormy weather located in the Rockies will move east across the area Wednesday. Pockets of wet weather will increase from the west Tuesday night. Areas of rain will slowly spin east across the area Wednesday, shifting out Wednesday night into Thursday. Rain amounts will vary across the Ozarks, but there could be pockets of 1″+. High temperatures will also remain very mild throughout the day Wednesday.

The rest of the week will come with a daily chance for rain. Chances will be lowest Thursday before perking back up again as different weather ingredients combine to generate scattered showers and thunderstorms on and off throughout the day. This will also lead to milder highs after a warmer day Thursday.

A round of thunderstorms will likely move through Saturday night as a potent storm moves by to the north. The increased wind energy could help organize storms, so we’ll have to keep an eye on severe weather chances. Another dose of fall air will follow Saturday night’s storms.

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