After a week of chilly temperatures, Columbia could be in for record high heat today.
Temperatures reached 84 degrees in the early evening Tuesday in Columbia, according to the National Weather Service.
A winter forecast released Thursday by the Climate Prediction Center called for wet and cold conditions in the Northern Plains and dry, warmer weather in the South.
Three road closures throughout Columbia will affect traffic for at least a week.
A freeze warning has been issued from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday with a low around 31 degrees.
In the Kansas City area alone, 2o deaths were related to soaring summer temperatures.
USDA Farm Service Agency will help farmers who lost crops and property to the extreme heat and drought from July 1 to Aug. 30.
The state will get $1.1 million immediately.
Leaves are changing color later, and scientists are trying to understand why.
Interim repairs at three breached spots should be finished by Nov. 30, but officials are pushing for a full restoration of the levee, which would cost an additional $21 million.
Columbia's leaves have already started changing and are expected to hit their peak fall color around the third week of October.
The report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which was set to be released Tuesday, will detail the efforts to warn people about the tornado that hit Joplin in May. The report is a way of seeing what aspects of the warning were done well and what still needs improvement.
Despite the rain, the extreme heat this summer produced drought-like conditions in Boone County that hurt local farmers' harvests. But September rains and cooler temperatures have helped farmers rebound from summer crop losses.
The National Weather Service in St. Louis predicted temperatures at about 40 degrees overnight Wednesday.
As of Sept. 1, more than $1 billion in insurance payments has been made to people affected by the May tornado. The storm damaged or destroyed 8,000 homes and businesses.
A small plane crashed near Bakersfield, and the fire it sparked grew to 3,500 acres. As of early Monday morning, it was at zero containment, and 100 homes were under an evacuation order.
The wind-driven fires were partially propelled by winds from Tropical Storm Lee, authorities said. Two people died in the blaze.
The storm was forecast to move up the Tennessee River Valley on Tuesday, and warnings took effect in the area. But expert said any tornadoes aren't expected to be nearly as catastrophic as those that killed hundreds across the Southeast in April.
After a hot week, temperatures dropped into the 70s on Sunday.
The heat index is expected to be between 100 degrees and 105 degrees Saturday. There is a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, but the game is not likely to be affected.