Weather-related resources

Current weather and forecasts

National Weather Service forecast for Webster County, Mo. — Enter your zip code to get the forecast for your location

Weather Underground forecast and weather conditions for Webster County — Includes sunrise/sunset times and UV index

NWS weather radar image for Springfield, Mo. — Click on the "Composite loop" link to see storm direction

U.S. Weather 6-10 day Forecast Maps — From the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center

U.S. Drought Monitor and Soil Moisture Assessment — Shows extent of drought nationwide

Missouri Agricultural Weather — University of Missouri site gives forecasts, 30-day outlook, soil temperatures, frost dates, and historical weather data

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) — see daily precipitation amounts where you live

Midwestern Regional Climate Center — manages current and historical climate data for the Midwest

National Weather Service — access alerts, radar, forecast maps, etc. throughout the U.S.

Weather safety

Wind Chill Chart and Wind Chill Calculator — National Weather Service

Heat Index Chart and Heat Index Calculator — National Weather Service

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery resources — University of Missouri Extension

Tornadoes 101 — Basic information on recognizing tornadoes and taking safety precautions

Wind Zones in the United States (GIF) — Check your risk level from high winds

Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room Inside Your House — Or order the booklet, FEMA Publication 320, by calling toll-free 1-800-480-2520

Gardening zones

MU Extension publication G6201, Vegetable Planting Calendar — Recommends best dates to plant vegetables; Due to high elevation, Webster County uses north Missouri planting dates

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for Missouri (JPG) and Interactive Map (searchable by state or zip code) — Shows planting regions of Missouri and the United States; high Ozarks' elevation means following North Missouri planting schedule

Spring frost and fall freeze probabilities guide for Missouri — Shows dates to plant with risk chances of frost or freeze