- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)7
- Japanese restaurant up and running; owner surprised by fondness of sushi here (2/24/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)23
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- Former KFVS12 reporter talks about recovery from eating disorder (2/23/17)11
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)13
- Two men crack market with local cage-free eggs (2/26/17)12
Rain, cooler temperatures signal fall is near
The rain and cooler temperatures that have visited Southeast Missouri in the last few days provided welcome relief from the heat and humidity that made being outdoors so uncomfortable for much of August. Of course, not everyone was happy that plans for the long Labor Day weekend were disrupted by rain. But the moisture was a relief.
That's particularly true across most of Missouri and into other nearby states where drought has been persistent for months. Heavy rainfalls in Kansas, for example, were both a blessing and a curse. Heavy downpours were welcome on parched fields, but flash floods took several lives on the Kansas Turnpike.
In Cape Girardeau, the rains that began last Friday and ended Wednesday brought a total of 10.67 inches to local rain gauges. For some, that much rain in just six days might have been regarded as getting too much of what we had been praying for.
Despite Augusts heat and humidity, Southeast Missouri has escaped the drought conditions to the west. For that we can be grateful. But after six days of clouds and rain, the cooler, drier temperatures -- accompanied by a good does of sunshine -- are truly welcome.