With temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s and the possibility of rain each day throughout the week, it may seem spring has arrived.
Spring officially arrives March 20, but that hasn’t prevented several signs of spring from popping up throughout Sedalia and Pettis County.
The National Weather Service is calling for a possibility of rain or thunderstorms each day this week in Pettis County, with the greatest chance coming Tuesday night through Wednesday evening. The chance of rain both days is 80 percent.
“I really don’t think we have much to be concerned about with the rain this week,” said Dave Clippert, director of Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency. “They are not calling for large amounts for us this week but hopefully we will get some good rain out of this.”
Despite what University of Missouri Extension Agricultural Business Specialist Brent Carpenter called “a lot of coffee shop talk,” Pettis County is not in a drought.
“I just looked at the latest map from Feb. 26 and there really is nothing (regarding drought conditions) in the Midwest,” Carpenter said. “We’re watching things closely and if we get the rain they are calling for this week that will be setting us up pretty good for spring planting.”
Carpenter said he expects to see some work in fields in late March and early April by area farmers.
“(Farmers) will be taking some risks if they are out in the fields that early but they know that,” Carpenter said. “It’s been warmer and drier than usual and that makes people want to get out.”
In Tuesday’s long-range forecast from the National Weather Service, between a quarter- to a half-inch of rain is predicted each day for Pettis County. Higher daily totals are predicted if the area sees storms, which are possible Tuesday night into Wednesday.
The forecasted temperatures range from overnight lows in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Daytime highs are predicted in the mid to upper 60s throughout the week and into early next week.
While many residents are enjoying recent weather trends, a meteorological change they may not be looking forward to will occur Sunday as daylight saving time begins this weekend.
Citizens will need to set their clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night, meaning they will lose an hour’s sleep.
A recent bill passed by the Missouri House of Representatives would allow the state to permanently stay on daylight saving time if a minimum of 19 other states also adopt the legislation.
HB340, named the “Daylight Savings as the New Standard Time Pact,” needs senate approval and the governor’s signature as well as the approval of 19 other states before becoming law.
The senate has until May 17, the last day of the legislative session, to vote on the measure.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1984