Abnormal Dryness Ebbs in Northern, Western Missouri

Moisture levels have returned to normal in two parts of Missouri, while drought conditions in the southeast are also easing up.  The weekly update to the US Drought Monitor indicates the end of extreme drought in the eastern third of Scott County after two months.  Surrounding counties were upgraded to moderate drought, while the Bootheel and parts of three surrounding counties advanced to abnormal dryness.  A majority of Jackson County, along with areas of Johnson, Lafayette and Pettis counties, also left moderate drought, while the Kansas City area was upgraded to moderate drought from severe.

Normal moisture levels are now present in west central Missouri’s Benton, Henry and Morgan counties, along with portions of surrounding counties.  Also exiting abnormal dryness this week are Grundy, Harrison, Mercer, nearly all of Daviess, northern Livingston, western Putnam and Sullivan, and the eastern edges of Gentry and Worth counties.  In total, 30.9 percent of Missouri is in moderate or severe drought, while another 29.2 percent remain in abnormal dryness.