Back-to-work weather will come with a slightly warmer feel than this past weekend, but still very nice.

Besides warming up to near 80 degrees, there’s not a lot of change in the Monday to Tuesday timeframe. Winds will continue to stay light and other than a few clouds it will remain quiet.

The jet stream pattern across the nation will have us locked in a mostly quiet pattern into this upcoming weekend. Even though rain will be tougher to come by than in recent weeks, it is May and we’ll work in some rain chances a few days this week. Rain chances will center on Wednesday as a pocket of moisture moves in from the southeast. Rain chances will fall off again by Thursday with spotty showers shifting to the west.

A backdoor front will sweep in from the northeast Thursday into Friday ushering in mild, dry air. This will make for a nice and quiet finish to the week.

The holiday weekend will start on a quiet and comfortable note. Humidity levels and temperatures will head higher by Sunday, and this will probably lead to some spotty shower chances too. A warm and humid air mass will be draped over the area Monday and this will lead to our best rain chances of the holiday weekend.


May 22, 2011: Joplin, Missouri was struck by a devastating EF5 tornado causing 158+ fatalities and over 1,000 injuries. The tornado was on the ground for 38 minutes traveling 22.1 miles. This tornado continues to be studied today by various emergency management and preparedness agencies to formulate a better warning/response to such a swift and catastrophic event.