Neither Snow Nor Rain Stays Drought From Becoming Severe In More Of North Missouri

Despite the first significant snowfall of the season this past weekend, two areas of Northern Missouri slipped into severe drought according to the weekly US Drought Monitor.  The second stage of drought conditions expanded into central Nodaway County this week, along with areas east of Route 63 in Macon and Randolph counties, western Monroe, and central Audrain counties.  Meanwhile in Southern Missouri, a widespread downgrade also unfolded, including severe drought across central Jefferson County.  Moderate drought advanced into Madison, Polk, Texas, Wright, northern Bollinger and Dade, southern Iron, and a majority of Barton, Cape Girardeau, Reynolds and Shannon counties.  Abnormal dryness made its way back into Christian, Greene, Lawrence, northeastern Jasper, and western Webster counties.

One area of the state saw improvement, as Jackson County exited moderate drought.  Almost two-thirds of Missouri is in some stage of drought, with 0.9 percent remaining in extreme drought while another 23.4 percent is in severe drought.  Just 13.7 percent of Missouri, all along the Arkansas state line, had adequate to surplus moisture.