Drought Improvements Along Route 65 Offset By Downgrades To North

One of this week’s deluges across Missouri was reflected in the weekly update to the Drought Monitor.  The six-plus inches of rain that fell along U.S. Route 65 early Tuesday morning appeared to more than mitigate the extreme drought conditions in southeastern Livingston, all of Carroll, western Saline, central and southern Pettis, and northeastern Benton counties, as those areas were upgraded to severe drought.  Morgan County also saw an upgrade to severe drought.  However, the heavy rains across the Green Hills into Moberly and Columbia fell after the cutoff time for this week’s update, resulting in extreme drought still present through much of Northeast Missouri.  Worse, the extreme heat from last week pushed northwestern Adair, western Monroe, southeastern Putnam, and northern Sullivan counties into extreme drought.

Elsewhere, improvements appeared in two areas of northern Missouri.  Atchison County exited abnormally dry condition, while areas of Lincoln and St Charles counties along the Mississippi River improved to post-drought condition.  In Southeast Missouri, while northeastern Cape Girardeau, eastern Mississippi, and the eastern edge of New Madrid counties emerged from moderate drought, southern Wayne and northern Butler Counties descended from moderate to severe drought.

In total, 77.2 percent of Missouri are in some stage of drought, a 1.2 percent improvement from last week.  That included a 1.5 point drop in areas impacted by extreme drought, now at 18.8 percent.  16.9 percent of the state is now in abnormal dryness, leaving 5.9 percent considered to have adequate or surplus moisture.