UPDATE: Storms kill 13, damage Branson Strip, southwest Missouri cities

Three people have died in Missouri, and another 10 died in southern Illinois.

Storm in southwest Missouri, Kansas leaves one dead, dozens hurt

An apparent tornado left a trail of destruction in the tourist hub of Branson, where the storm seemed to have hopscotched up Highway 76, scattering the area with debris, uprooting road signs and heavily damaging buildings in the city's famous theater district.

UPDATE: Storms kill 9 in Missouri, Illinois; Branson Strip damaged

At least 6 people were killed in Harrisburg, Ill., and three others were killed in separate southwest Missouri towns. In the tourist city of Branson, 30 people were reported hurt, and hotels and famed music theaters were damaged. At least three people were critically injured in Harveyville, Kan. 

Storm-spotter classes stress awareness in wake of Joplin tornado

In response to the May 2011 tornado in Joplin, local weather officials are stressing awareness, escape routes and safety zones in this year's storm-spotter safety classes.

PHOTO GALLERY: Visitors enjoy sunny weather along river in Rocheport

Friends and families enjoy the warmer-than-usual weather in Rocheport on Sunday.

Conference will detail Missouri's earthquake history, future risk

"It's Your Fault," being held Saturday, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the monumental earthquakes that occurred in Missouri's New Madrid Seismic Zones. Experts predict that earthquakes of similar magnitude are likely in the future.

Snow sweeps across Missouri, causing few problems

By midday, 1 to 3 inches of snow had fallen in western and central parts of the state, and wind gusts of up to 20 mph were adding to the problem.

One to three inches of snow predicted for Columbia on Monday

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory, predicting one to three inches of snow for Columbia and two to four inches in other parts of mid-Missouri.

Single digit temperatures and snowfall predicted for the weekend

Temperatures will drop well below freezing Friday night and continue to be low throughout the weekend.

Joplin manager wants to distribute weather radios

It is estimated that 42 percent of Joplin homes do not have weather radios, which could be dangerous as the city heads into a new storm season.

Joplin residents lost home, but not security bills

After losing their homes in a deadly May 22 tornado, customers of Vivint, a Utah-based security company, are still paying bills to protect their uninhabitable buildings.

PHOTO GALLERY: Unlike February 2011, Wednesday's spring-like weather permits outdoor activities

Columbia residents enjoy unseasonably warm weather with picnics and bicycle rides, which is a far cry from February 2011 when a blizzard hit Missouri.

Winter of 2012 mild compared to snowy winter of 2011

On Feb. 1, 2011, Columbia was being hit with a blizzard that set a new record for snowfall in a 24-hour period. On Feb. 1 this year, Columbia tied for the highest minimum temperature on record.

Lack of snow allows city to use budget for other projects

Due to the mild winter, the city and county public works offices both plan to use their leftover snow-removal budget money for street maintenance projects in the spring and summer, such as asphalt overlay and pothole repairs.


PHOTO GALLERY: Near record temperatures bring Columbia residents outside

Columbia residents experienced near-record highs Monday.

Temperature to flirt with record, prompts fire danger warning

With Monday's forecast high of 67 degrees, the temperature could come close to the 1890 record of 68 degrees.

USDA plant hardiness zone changes for Columbia

For the 6a zones that include Boone County, the average extreme minimum temperature between 1976 to 2005 was minus 10 to minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

PHOTO GALLERY: Man enjoys birds at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area

Marvin Chapman visits the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area every week to watch and photograph birds. The National Audubon Society says Eagle Bluffs is an important area for birds.

World not quite as hot in 2011; ranks 11th warmest

The world in 2011 was still warmer than average but cooler than in recent years.

PHOTO GALLERY: Winter weather offers a variety of views

Columbia residents dressed warmly Wednesday as they went about their day in the chilly temperatures.