Weather Alert

Some Relief From Drought To Start New Year

Several Central and Southeast Missouri counties are experiencing relief at the start of the year from drought or abnormally dry conditions, following precipitation over the past week.  The weekly Drought Monitor update indicates that moderate drought is now limited to southern Saint Charles and southeastern Warren counties, where severe drought appeared last week.  Abnormally dry conditions in Missouri are no longer present south of Interstate 44, with the exception of southernmost Dunklin and Pemiscot counties in the Bootheel.  Pre-drought conditions also returned to normal in an area ranging from Benton County northeast to Lincoln and southern Pike counties, while large portions of Northeast and Western Missouri, along with the northern edge of the Ozarks, remained abnormally dry. 0.4 percent of Missouri is in drought, while another 35.2 percent remain in abnormally dry condition.