Drought Eases For Part Of Western Missouri, But Picks Back Up In North

Parts of Western Missouri worst-impacted by drought this summer finally saw improvement, but two areas of Northern Missouri fell into worse condition over the past week.  The weekly update to the US Drought Monitor saw the end of extreme drought conditions for Bates, Vernon, and western St Clair counties, leaving just the eastern corners of Henry and St Clair, as well as western Benton County, in the third stage of drought.  Extreme drought also remains in Schuyler County, leading to the arrival of severe drought for eastern Adair, western Knox, northeastern Macon, and western Scotland counties.  Moderate drought also completed its coverage of the Platte Purchase, with Atchison, western Holt, and western Nodaway counties now in this condition.

51.9 percent of Missouri is now in some stage of drought, up nearly two points from last week.  Another 23.1 percent of the state is in abnormal dryness.  By condition, extreme drought now covers just 0.9 percent of Missouri, while severe drought accounts for 16.8 percent.