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.
Despite torn-up boardwalks, restaurants and other attractions, East Coast beaches are reopening for Labor Day in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
With a budget shortfall that could be $5 billion, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is only paying for "immediate needs" of disaster-stricken communities.
Tropical Storm Irene has killed 37 people in 11 states as of Monday and left millions of people on the East Coast struggling with its aftermath. Here are links to online coverage of the storm.
The move is raising concern of Sen. Claire McCaskill.
St. Louis-area workers are helping restore power in areas hit by the storm. The company says the workers could be gone up to three weeks.
Power outages and massive flooding continue to disrupt life on the East Coast. But despite these concerns, early estimates suggest a much smaller impact than Hurricane Katrina, which rocked the Gulf area in 2005 and caused more than $100 billion in damage.
One utility reported that more than 297,000 customers were without power Monday morning. Although state offices were open, school openings have been delayed, and businesses are taking a toll.
Tropical Storm Irene prompted the first-ever shutdown of New York's transit system for a natural disaster, but Monday morning, the subways were running again. Some parts of the transit system, however, are still closed or delayed.
Stripped of hurricane rank, Tropical Storm Irene spent the last of its fury Sunday. The nation's most populous region looked to a new week and the arduous process of getting back to normal.
Learn more about the effects of the East Coast hurricane.
People across the Eastern Seaboard cope, prepare and watch for Hurricane Irene.