A front in northern Missouri will slip through the eastern portion of the Ozarks bringing slightly cooler temperatures for some it what is overall a very hot and dry forecast.
These “backdoor fronts”, named as such because they slip in from the east or northeast, are often not as effective in supplying cooler air especially to areas of western Missouri and Arkansas. So the eastern Ozarks will get a bit more of a break today and Tuesday whereas Joplin as an example will likely stay as hot as they have been. They form as the steering currents aloft actually bend to the northeast for a brief period.
Overall, the forecast is a hot and dry one. By Wednesday, we’ll be back in middle to upper nineties for high temperatures. This will last through at least Friday. Record high temperatures for this period are listed:
The Ozarks are dry. The latest drought monitor is included showing all of northern Arkansas and much of southern Missouri in severe drought.
Here is my video blog for today: