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Missouri Weather – Show Me Extremes

Missouri is called “The Show Me State.” I’ve often wondered if our moniker is due to our crazy weather patterns. Let me tell you something about Missouri weather. It’s bipolar. We have a saying around these parts, “If you don’t like the weather in Missouri, wait a couple hours because it will change.” That’s really not too far off in my area.

I like having seasons, but our temperatures don’t always stay where you would expect in a certain season. Yesterday was in the upper 60s with rain and thunderstorms. My husband wore shorts and opened our windows when the storms died down to a gentle rain. Today the high is supposed to be 65 degrees. Tonight freezing rain is supposed to move in. Tomorrow the high is predicted to be 35 degrees, and we have ice warnings. We’ll all be bundled up and doing our best to stay warm. We will be experiencing a 30 degree drop in a 24 hour time span. Yep, that’s how it goes around here.

I have a niece who lives in Nebraska. She was visiting my area last April when we had a little spring heat wave. It was really hot for an April day. I believe it was in the 80s. She’s accustomed to a much cooler climate. She asked me why the air was so thick here. I said, “Welcome to Missouri. That’s our humidity. It raises the heat index and makes it feel much hotter than it actually is.”

We can often have temperatures of over 100 degrees with high humidity in summer and lows around 0 in winter. Our wind chill brings us down even colder sometimes. A few weeks ago I drove to work in -3 degrees before the wind chill was factored in. Thank goodness my car heater works well!

Living here isn’t for the faint of heart. We have severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, ice storms, thunder snow, sleet, hail, freezing rain, blazing dry spells, and heat so hot that it sucks all the moisture from your mouth. I could move somewhere with milder temperatures and less dramatic weather, but it wouldn’t be home.

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