Missouri is an interesting state to live in if you like weather because there is a pretty high variability in the climate depending on where you live.
This is something I didn't know until I started researching this morning, but if you take a line and draw it diagonally (southwest to northeast) and cut the state in two -- you will find some of the largest diversity of climate characteristics along this line.
And this really makes sense since Missouri lies center of the nation. Think of the size of the state alone. The northern end often catches cold fronts that move out of Canada but don't have enough dynamics to move all the way across the nation.
And the southern end of the state can catch warm fronts moving up from the Gulf of Mexico, but are blocked by other weather features and so they don't make it all the way across the state.
There are no geographical barriers in Missouri that impact weather systems moving through. (i.e. something like the Rocky Mountains)
Spring and fall are transition months for the state of Missouri, sometimes bringing rapid changes in the weather with large temperature and precipitation swings.
Summers can become hot and dry if high pressure builds over the middle of the country.
In the next blog we will dive in and explore temperature patterns across Missouri.