28 percent of Missouri remains abnormally dry or in drought, but fewer areas are considered to be in moderate drought. This week’s USDA Drought Monitor has reduced the area in Chariton and Linn counties under drought, now saying that its impact no longer extends east of Brookfield. Much of Livingston, Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, and Sullivan counties, along with northern Adair and Carroll counties, remain in moderate drought, along with a sizable patch around Saint Joseph. Abnormally dry conditions still stretch south through Cass and northern Henry counties, as well as western Howard and much of Cooper counties.
The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map at right is courtesy of NDMC-UNL.