We’ll have a rather significant change in our weather pattern settle in starting this weekend with much cooler air expected. More on that below.
Before the cool air gets here, we’ll experience the hottest day of the year in the Ozarks today. We have been steadily increasing the temperature this week but the humidity has remained moderate and a healthy breeze has been in place so the heat has been somewhat easy to take. Today will be hotter and more humid especially in western and central Missouri. In these areas, the actual temperature may get into the upper nineties with heat index values in the lower 100’s. A Heat Advisory is in effect for those areas today.
Next, the attention turns to an increasingly unstable atmosphere developing out over eastern Kansas this afternoon. It looks like a good batch of thunderstorms will eventually take shape over this area and have legs into the Ozarks by late evening, lasting into the overnight hours. This activity will bring damaging winds to a portion of the Ozarks. It may take the form of a bowing segment of storms. This will be monitored through the day. I’ll post special blogs and/or videos later today on this threat.
After the rain clears out Friday morning, we start down the path of a much cooler pattern of air. A low in the upper atmosphere will take up residence over the central U.S. this weekend and also into much of next week.
As a result, we’ll have temperatures about ten degrees below normal for a few days which translates into highs only in the upper seventies.
Saturday may only see highs in the middle seventies upstate as a batch of clouds swirls around the backside of the low pressure feature.
While tonight is by far the best chance for rain, a few afternoon showers cannot be ruled out on Saturday north and east of Springfield. In fact, this also applies to the late afternoon hours of any of the days coming up.
I’ve been on a mini vacation since Sunday and only blogging as a result. Full video production resumes today! Stay alert this evening for storms and check in!