Below-average precipitation the past two weeks, along with this week’s hotter temperatures, have a growing number of Missourians back under pre-drought conditions. The weekly USDA Drought Monitor indicates that ten percent of the state is in abnormally dry conditions, including all or part of 24 counties. A large portion of Northern Missouri is impacted, ranging from eastern Atchison and Holt counties east to northwesternmost Putnam County. A band stretches further east through northern Grundy County all the way to western Knox County. A new section of dryness has emerged in the past week for much of St Louis County, spanning west to the eastern half of Gasconade County and also including parts of Franklin, Jefferson, Montgomery, St Charles, and Warren counties. A third patch covering western Perry, eastern St François and Ste Genevieve counties was unchanged from a week ago. While abnormal dryness has expanded, no part of Missouri is presently in drought condition.
Pictured above are drought conditions in Missouri as of June 8th, 2021. (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.)