Areas of Eastern Missouri saw improvement from dry conditions in the past week, but more areas to the west began appearing on the weekly drought monitor. The weekly update indicates that as of Tuesday morning, most of Clark County and a portion of northeastern Scotland County exited abnormally dry stage. However, the rest of Northern Missouri was the same, including moderate drought centered on Worth County and a continued oasis for most of Putnam County.
Abnormally dry conditions stretched further west from the Missouri Rhineland region, now covering all of Gasconade County in addition to a majority of Osage and Maries counties, along with north central Phelps and northeastern Miller counties. A new patch of abnormal dryness appeared in west central Missouri, stretching from northern Jasper to much of Bates County, while including southwestern Henry, western St Clair and Cedar, and northwesternmost Dade County.
A moderate drought patch that had appeared over most of St Louis County last week has migrated slightly to the northeast, now impacting northern St Louis City and stretching northwest into Florissant. Overall, moderate drought now covers one-point-three percent of Missouri, while another 20 percent of the state sits in abnormal dryness.