Missouri’s drought map released Thursday, September 20, 2018, is virtually unchanged from the map that came out last week.
Most northern Missouri areas did not experience any rain in the period from September 11th through 17th. The rain that fell Tuesday afternoon and night is not reflected in the new drought map because the information is updated on Tuesday morning.
Parts of five local counties have extreme drought: Grundy, Livingston, Daviess, DeKalb, and Gentry. Others experiencing extreme drought are parts of Platte, Clay, and Jackson counties plus portions of Boone, Howard, Cooper, and Moniteau counties. All of them are surrounded by areas considered to be a severe drought.
Forty-three percent of Missouri is covered by drought conditions ranging from moderate which is D-1 to extreme which is D-3 and that remains unchanged from the map released last week.