Relief For Southern Missouri As Drought Continues Retreat

Wide swaths of Southwest Missouri, along with the Bootheel, saw upgrades in their drought conditions over the past week, including several counties returning to normal dryness.  The weekly US Drought Monitor indicates the end of extreme drought conditions that had parked on western Barton County for almost five months.  A majority of that county, along with northwestern Jasper and southeastern Vernon counties, are still in severe drought, while moderate drought is confined to parts of nine counties in this part of Missouri.  Conditions returned to normal for Barry, Christian, Dallas, Hickory, Laclede, St Clair, Webster, and Wright counties, as well as southeastern Bates, western Benton, and southern and eastern Henry counties.  One other area of Missouri that saw improvement was the Bootheel, where Pemiscot and southern Dunklin counties were upgraded from severe to moderate drought.  Areas of northern and Central Missouri saw no change from last week.

In total, 35.51 percent of Missouri is in some stage of drought.  The only area of extreme drought is now eastern Scott County.  5.3 percent of the state is in severe drought, including the Kansas City area and much of Atchison County.  39.9 percent of the state continues to experience abnormal dryness.