Parts of Northern Missouri that received as much as five inches of rain still appeared on this week’s USDA Drought Monitor as entering abnormal dryness. The monitor, based on conditions as of Tuesday, indicates that 51-point-three percent of Missouri is now abnormally dry, up from 11 percent a week ago. Pre-drought conditions were widespread, impacting all but 18 counties in the state. Moderate drought conditions remained along the Kansas border in near-identical shape to last week. The monitor released on Thursdays is based on conditions as of the previous Tuesday, meaning it did not account for the heavy showers that rolled through much of the state on Wednesday.


CAPTION: Drought conditions in Missouri as of July 14th, 2020. (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