Drought conditions in Missouri as of January 11th, 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.)

Two changes for eastern Missouri appeared on this week’s US Drought Monitor compiled by USDA and the University of Nebraska.  Abnormally dry conditions approached Hannibal in the past week, now covering all of Lewis and most of Marion counties, along with eastern Monroe County.  Meanwhile, areas of the Bootheel that had been dry the past two months have returned to normal.  Overall, abnormally dry conditions increased in Missouri to 36.7 percent of the state.  Moderate drought conditions along the Missouri River in St Charles and Warren counties were unchanged, totaling 0.4 percent.