Thursday Blog: Rain chances return -Doug

I hope you have had a great week so far and I am sure you are looking forward to the holiday weekend!  You can definitely see the switch over the past 2-3 weeks.  We are morphing out of the old Heady Pattern and into the new HP pattern.  It is now about 60% new and about 40% old.  Here in 3 weeks the new HP will be fully set.  At that time I can start seeing what the fall and winter will look like.  I can tell you because we got rid of the extreme heat, that is great news for next summer in this new pattern.  We do have some rain chances working back in.  First off, your day planner.

You can see a few isolated showers late in the day.

Now these won’t be until evening and I really think most of them will stay south of I-44.  I am not looking for anything very heavy out of this.  But we do have college football kicking off so it would be nice for them to stay south.  Isolated showers and a few thunderstorms continue into early Friday.

Again these will be very light and very scattered.  Also mainly our southern half of the region.  Still isolated PM Friday pop ups as well.

A few isolate PM storms on Friday.  We do need to watch a complex Friday night and into Saturday morning.  Hit and miss pop up storms will last through the holiday weekend.  However, no rain outs, so if you do have outdoor plans over the weekend, in general, you look pretty good.  Long range forecast below.


Next Thursday-Saturday:  Staying hot with highs right around 90 degrees.  Scattered thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday.

September 4th-10th:  Mainly a warm week with thunderstorm chances to start the week.  Then mainly warm and dry the rest of the week.

September 11th-17th:  A warm first half of the week with a mild second half of the week.  Rain chances Tuesday through Thursday.

September 18th-24th: A warm first couple of days, then just a mild week.  Rain chances on Sunday and Monday.

Fall Axe Throwing league at Main Street Axe Company

PITTSBURG, Kans.- Main Street Axe Company is hosting a fall axe throwing league. 

The official world axe throwing league has sanctioned Main Street Axe Company as an official affiliate. Winners of the local leagues can qualify for regional and even national leagues. “We do have lots of players who take their hobby here seriously and what it means to be an athlete is that players here who qualify through our small tournaments in our leagues get to move on to bigger tournaments, regional tournaments, and then hopefully national and world tournaments,” said Michelle Fowler, the owner of Main Street Axe Company. 

Axe throwers can work their way up the leagues and achieve a spot in a national league. The U.S Open for axe throwing is broadcasted on ESPN 2. “Yes. It will happen. I will be on ESPN at some point in time,” said Mathew Ball, a professional axe thrower from Carthage, MO. “Hopefully, I will be on ESPN by this December.”

However, ax throwing is not just for professional ax throwers or adults. Ball shares his axe-throwing hobby with his 11-year-old daughter. “My daughter, who’s 11 years old, soaking wet, £80 can throw an ax at the target and hit a bull’s eye like Jim. I hit a bull’s eye every time by any means, but like, she can hit it and she can stick it.”

The last meet of the axe throwing fall league is October 12


PSU hosts first pep rally of the season ahead of tomorrows big game

PITTSBURG, Kan. – As part of the ‘Paint the Town Red Week’, Pittsburg State University today hosted a pep rally ahead of their home opener tomorrow.

The event started at 6:00 P.M. and featured performances from the marching band and dance team.

Other activities included:

  • Food vendors
  • Climbing wall
  • Party games

Near the end, the University announced the winner of its ‘Paint the Town Red Week’ decoration contest.

PSU hopes 4-State residents maintain their high energy for the big game.

Click here to read more.

Lions to host #14 Nebraska-Kearney in season opener Thursday

JOPLIN, Mo. – (WATCH) Missouri Southern QB Dawson Herl, LB Richard Jordan, Jr. and head coach Atiba Bradley talk about Thursday’s season opener against #14 Nebraska-Kearney.

Carl Junction collects momentum ahead of Webb City matchup

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – Carl Junction hosts Webb City tomorrow night for their home opener. The Bulldogs have momentum, coming off a 42-21 win over Ozark in week one.

Kentucky man sentenced to 16 years for Meth Trafficking in Jasper County

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Louisville, Kentucky man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing more than two kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in a rental vehicle after he was stopped on Interstate 44 in Jasper County, Mo.

On Feb. 14, 2022, Young was found guilty of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute following a one-day bench trial that was held on Feb. 9, 2022.

Today, U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool sentenced Quennel A. Young, 31, to 16 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.

While searching Harpools trunk, officers noticed sheet metal that was out of place and found the contraband beneath the metal.

The search resulted in the seizure of two duct-taped bundles that contained approximately 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Young has a prior felony conviction for second-degree manslaughter after he and three others attacked the victim, causing the victim to suffer severe head injuries.

The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Joplin, Mo., Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.


Pittsburg welcomes football season with annual community contest

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Local businesses decorating their stores for the Pittsburg “Paint the Town Red” event today had their designs officially judged.

According to the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, the contest pumps up the community ahead of PSU’s first football game of the season.

“Originally, they would do a balloon launch and autographs with the football players, but it grew into something so much more that takes a week-long,” said Jon Bartlow.

In total, 27 businesses participated this year.

“Tomorrow there will be thousands of alumni rolling into town from Kansas City, Witchita, really all over the midwest,” Bartlow said.  “It’s great for them to be able to see all these decorations and all the festivities.”

Officials say the contest winners will receive field tickets for the first game.

Click here to learn more.


Joplin DAV seeks volunteer drivers

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Disabled Veterans Chapter #52 seeks help from volunteers to fulfill Veteran’s needs.

According to the DAV, the department needs drivers to help assist Veterans to get to medical appointments.

“We have 12 now and it takes almost 20 to do the job here, we have 6 vans and we run 4 days a week, Monday through Thursday, and since we are all volunteers, all 12 aren’t available every week, so we need some extras,” said Howard King, Transportation Coordinator.

All volunteers need to participate is a valid driver’s license.

To learn more or become a volunteer, click here.