Drought Condition Buildup Continues

Another week without significant rainfall resulted in several areas of Missouri entering another level of drought.  The weekly Drought Monitor showed the expansion of exceptional drought south of Joplin into western Newton County.  Extreme drought seeped north into more of the Kansas City metro, along with southern Ray and southwestern-most Carroll counties.  Severe drought now stretches along the Chariton River as far north as Adair County, also covering southeastern Sullivan, eastern Linn, and almost all of Chariton and Randolph counties. Howard and northwest Boone counties also entered the second level of drought in the past week, as did all or part of seven counties in southeast Missouri surrounding Cape Girardeau and Sikeston.  Moderate drought made a return to areas stretching from northern Stone to western Perry counties, along with the Bootheel.

All of Missouri is now in some stage of drought or abnormal dryness after St Louis and areas to the south and west appeared on the map.  72.9 percent of Missouri is now in some stage of drought, including 2.6 percent in exceptional drought.  Another 10.8 percent of the state is in extreme drought.