We added on a few degrees today compared to the weekend with temperatures getting close to 80 degrees, otherwise, it’s a steady pattern. Skies will mostly be sunny again Tuesday with light southeast. Rain chances will remain limited over the coming days thanks to an upper-level pattern that will stimy rain chances.

That said, there will be a low-level feature that will bring some spotty showers to the area through Thursday. A pocket of moisture associated with a weak wave at the surface will move in from the east. Spotty showers will be possible near and east of Hwy. 63 Tuesday afternoon. The feature will bring our best rain chances this week (still spotty) Wednesday. By Thursday rain chances will be slipping off to the west.

Afternoon temperatures will get slowly warmer through Thursday with humidity levels perking up a bit too. Overnights this week will remain comfortable with many nights in the mid to upper 50s. Allergies will also be high.

High-pressure northeast of here near the surface will develop later in the week and it will send a backdoor front across the Ozarks by Friday. No rainfall is expected and we will generally just see a slight change in our wind direction to be more easterly, perhaps northeast at times. This will keep our weather quiet and nice going into 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.

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