Weather Alert

Abnormal Dryness Reaches Joplin, Oklahoma Border

Drought conditions in Missouri as of January 18th, 2022. (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.)

Most of Missouri was unchanged in this week’s US Drought Monitor, except for areas along the Kansas and Oklahoma border in Southwest Missouri.  Areas of Barton, Jasper, McDonald and Newton counties fell into abnormal dryness over the past week.  This includes the cities of Joplin and Neosho.  37.9 percent of Missouri is now in abnormal dryness or moderate drought, up three-quarters of one percentage point from a week ago. Moderate drought continues for a seventh consecutive week in parts of Saint Charles and Warren counties.

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