The winter storm that rolled through Missouri on New Year’s Day provided significant improvement to areas that finished 2020 parched. The USDA’s Drought Monitor indicates that most areas of northern Missouri that were in moderate drought have been upgraded to abnormally dry, except for western Holt and much of Atchison counties. Eighteen counties have exited abnormally dry conditions in their entirety. However, the largest concentration of abnormal dryness remains in Northeast and Central Missouri, stretching as far west as Sweet Springs and south as Clarksburg. In total, 18-point-two percent of the state is in drought or abnormal dryness.
Drought conditions in Missouri as of January 5th, 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.