More Of Southeast Missouri Enters Drought Along With New Year

Parts of four Southeast Missouri counties experienced worsening drought conditions to start 2024.  The weekly US Drought Monitor indicates that eastern Scott, most of Mississippi, and northeastern New Madrid counties entered moderate drought in the past week, while eastern Perry County fell into severe drought.  However, Dunklin and southern New Madrid counties were upgraded to abnormal dryness from moderate drought.  St Louis City, along with northern St Louis County and eastern St Charles County, also exited drought conditions.

The remainder of Missouri saw no change from the previous week, resulting in 71.5 percent of the state starting the new year in some stage of drought.  That continues to include 1.1 percent in extreme drought and 19.4 percent in severe drought.  Another 21.8 percent of the state is in abnormal dryness.