Fewer rainfall events and increased temperatures to start August have resulted in a tenth of Missouri entering pre-drought conditions over the past week. The USDA’s Drought Monitor indicates that a band of abnormally dry conditions that had permeated parts of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska has descended along the Missouri River to as far south as Belton and Pleasant Hill, and east to Carrollton and Waverly. 11.6 percent of Missouri is considered abnormally dry, covering all or part of 24 counties. That now includes Oregon County in south central Missouri, as the band of dryness across a portion of the southeast has shifted to the Arkansas border. No part of Missouri is in drought, but six neighboring states continue to deal with varying levels of drought, including extreme drought now in two parts of Iowa.
Drought conditions in Missouri as of August 10th, 2021. (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 courtesy of NDMC.)