Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Remembering Joplin

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times in this lead story on the town's turnaround

6:30 AM EDT 5/22/12 (Forecaster Mike) Tuesday is the one year anniversary of the catastrophic Joplin tornado that devastated the town of Joplin, MO on May 22nd, 2011. We will be commemorating the day and honoring the lives lost that tragic afternoon throughout the day tomorrow in the Central Maryland Foot's Forecast zone. If you have any stories about the day, please don't hesitate to share them with us. 


Joplin's Weather - Around much of the central Plains and Midwest, the anniversary will be quite calm and nice! Humidity levels won't be too oppressive and highs in the upper 70s can be expected around Joplin. Areas to the south and west may get a bit warmer with a chance of showers around central Texas and Oklahoma. 

Wet/Stormy in the East - The severe threat is relatively low, but we do have a widespread chance for some scattered drizzle and rain showers. Showers and possibly storms may be on the way for the entire east coast from the Foot's Forecast | Metro Atlanta & North Georgia zone to the Foot's Forecast | Metro New York zone. In between, stay tuned to your local zones for details on the temperatures, humidity, and rainfall totals. 

Wet Northwest/Hot Southwest - The Desert Southwest will be frying with highs into the 100s in places again and sunshine returning. However, the northwest will have widespread showers and possibly storms once again, with cloud cover and cooler temperatures, making quite a contrast with the south. 

Tropical Storm Alberto, which is still very weak with winds of 40 mph as it moves to the east at 8 mph and completes its turn check in with the team at the Foot's Forecast: The Tropical Zone. Stay tuned for the latest and have a great Tuesday!

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