Heavy rains over the weekend brought four counties in Northwest Missouri that had been in pre-drought conditions back to normal if not surplus moisture. The weekly Drought Monitor indicates that areas north of the Missouri River are no longer experiencing significant dryness. However, two patches of abnormal dryness remain in Southeast Missouri. One patch covers a majority of Perry County, along with bordering areas of Ste Genevieve and easternmost St François counties. A second, larger patch covers northern Carter, the southern third of Iron, southwestern Madison, southern Reynolds, southeastern Shannon, and the northern and western halves of Wayne counties.
2.9 percent of Missouri is now in abnormal dryness, half of the area impacted in last week’s monitor. No part of the state is in moderate or worse drought condition.