Little taste of fall stopping by – Nick

Watching warmer temperatures by the weekend

Good early Wednesday morning, everyone. Mother Nature will never cease to amaze by taking us from one season to another within the span of a day. That’s what happened with the cold front that came through on Monday. This was a strong cold front that brought us quite a bit of rain and t-storms late Monday afternoon, Monday night and into Tuesday morning. While the average rain from the front left behind an average of 0.7″ across the area, the bulk of the rainfall fell across areas along and east of US 69.


Not only did this cold front deliver in terms of rain and t-storms, it certainly lived up to its name. After lows in the lower 70s and highs around 93 made it feel like summer on Monday, we saw fall arrive a day early. We started in the upper 50s Tuesday morning and saw highs top out in the lower to middle 70s.


Let’s break down our weather setup. The cold front that took the rest of the rain chances out of the picture after Tuesday morning is continuing to move off to the our east. Behind it, we have high pressure in control to keep our wind out of the north for Wednesday and skies on the quiet side.


Upstairs at the jet stream level, it’s nice to see ourselves back on the cooler side of the jet. Thanks to the upper-level low to our north, that continues to push the cold front out and our nice temperatures in.


For our Wednesday, the drier air that continues to work in will work together with a light north breeze and clear skies to get us off to a cool start. While Joplin starts out around 49 by the time we head back to work and school, outlying areas will range between the upper 40s and a few lower 50s.


Even if the north breeze picks up a little between 5 and 15 mph during the afternoon, we’ll have no problem warming up throughout the course of the day. Under sunny skies, temperatures will quickly jump into the middle 60s by the noon hour and top out around 71 in most locations for the day. Some spots along and west of US 59 could see temperatures bounce into the middle 70s for the day. Still, we’re looking great to start the fall season out.


For Thursday and Friday, you can see how the jet stream wants to start heading back in our direction. That will result in temperatures heading back up across the region. We’ll plan on highs in the middle 70s under mostly sunny skies for Thursday. For Friday, another front at the surface will approach from the northwest. Since there will be only enough moisture to bring partly sunny skies in, we’ll stay dry and warm for Friday with highs pushing back into the lower to middle 80s.


The next front won’t push very far as we head into Saturday. With that in mind and the jet stream still on top of the area, we’ll hold on to highs in the middle 80s under partly sunny skies for Saturday. You can see how the setup looks for Sunday down below. Not only will the jet stream lift back to our north, that will also push the front back to our north. That will mean mostly sunny skies for Sunday to wrap up our first weekend of the fall season. However, this will mean highs will top out in the lower 90s across the area.


Early next week, we’ll stay on the warmer side of the jet while we keep an eye on an upper-level low that wants to head our way from the southwest. While we should stay dry under mostly sunny skies for Monday, we’ll have partly sunny skies for Tuesday with a few showers or t-storms trying to sneak in late in the day. For both days, though, this setup will keep highs in the lower 90s across the area.