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Finally A Reprieve

With all of the flooding rains that happened in the area over the last few days, it was nice to see Joplin catch a break for a couple of days and dry out. Flooding along the Mississippi will remain for many days to come, but at least the last 2 days helped to stop adding any more water to the already swollen riverbeds. The NWS took home the top spot.

Thursday: High 71, Low 43.
Friday: High 78, Low 44.
Forecast Grade: A

Joplin, Missouri to Michigan City, Indiana

Before we get underway with the Road Trip, I wanted to touch upon the devastating tornado outbreak last night. As of right now, the death toll stands at 249, making it the third deadliest tornado outbreak to hit the US… ever. There were well over 100 tornadoes reported, but the problem was that very strong tornadoes hit major towns. One in particular tracked from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham Alabama, but other towns like Huntsville, Chattanooga, Rome and others experienced major damage and/or fatalities yesterday. CNN is a good source for some of the aftermath, and the Weather Service out of Birmingham is doing surveys all day today of the widespread destruction, as well as across Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas, however Alabama got hit the hardest.
Anyways, on to the trip at hand.
It’s going to be a 615 mile journey that is supposed to last 10 hours and 2 minutes. The general rule of thumb is to have 8 hour days, with a 2 hour leeway, which means a 10 hour drive would still be a 1 day trek. On that technicality, I should be chopping this drive into an 8 hour day and a 2 hour, 2 minute day. But come on. We’re doing this in a day. At that rate, we’re going to average about 61.3mph. Let’s get underway, we have a long day in the car!

The back end of the system that has caused so much devastation in the southeast is providing some low clouds and drizzle across the lower Ohio Valley today. Even that, however, will pull off to the east by the time we depart for Michigan City. A ridge will build into the center of the country as we drive tomorrow, bringing about warmer temperatures and sunny skies. Hopefully we can find something to do on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Joplin, Missouri

Off to southwestern Missouri for the day’s forecast. Just a few miles to their south or east, and the area is underwater, after over 10 inches of rain has fallen in some places between the Ozarks and the Mississippi since Saturday. Joplin has only received 3.5″, still a lot but a disaster. Tornadoes have also mercifully avoided southwestern Missouri, outside of a minor, damage free twister near the Arkansas border. Will the luck continue?

At 953 AM, CT, Joplin was reporting a temperature of 61 degrees and cloudy skies. Joplin was surrounded by rain, with heavier showers and some thunderstorms over northwestern Arkansas and a band of showers headed towards town from southeastern Kansas. The strong, double barreled area of low pressure continues to develop and redevelop, but it’s gradual eastward progression means that only some post-frontal troughing is found across Missouri by this point.
The nice thing about such a strong, well defined pattern is that after the system finally begins to shunt off to the northeast, a strong ridge of high pressure will be soon to follow. It will take a little time for the weather to clear out tomorrow morning, but much needed dry air will arrive for the area around the Ozarks by tomorrow afternoon. With all the rain recently seen across the region, don’t be surprised to see some dense fog each morning.
Tomorrow – Morning drizzle then clearing, High 70, Low 42
Friday – Sunny and warm, High 77, Low 46

TWC: Tomorrow – A mainly sunny sky High 72, Low 44
Friday – Mainly sunny High 78, Low 50

AW: Tomorrow – Breezy and warmer with plenty of sunshine High 70, Low 41
Friday – Mostly sunny, breezy and warmer High 81, Low 47

NWS, Tomorrow – Sunny High 71, Low 42
Friday – Sunny High 79, Low 46

WB: Tomorrow – Breezy…warmer. Mostly sunny High 71, Low 42
Friday – Breezy. Mostly sunny. High 80, Low 46

I’m glad things are finally clearing up in that part of the world, and I’m also glad I could be the bearer of good news for once. Radar shows a few showers that are still barely hanging on.