Dry conditions have strengthened north of the Missouri River. This week’s USDA Drought Monitor reports that nearly twice as much of Missouri has fallen into moderate drought conditions as was the case two weeks ago when eight percent of the state was in the first stage of drought.
Drought conditions now exist from Kansas City’s Northland, northeast toward Brunswick and Mendon, then north toward Milan, and then northeast into Scotland and Clark counties. USDA estimates that over 550,000 people are now affected by drought conditions. Abnormally dry conditions remain in place for the northwestern most 29.3 percent of the state, including areas north of Highway 52. These conditions have also returned to most of Macon County.