U.S. Drought Monitor reveals increased “Extreme Drought” in the Green Hills Region

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Extreme drought has expanded into the Green Hills in the past week, according to this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor map. The map was released Thursday morning, October 12, and is based on conditions as of Tuesday morning, October 10.

Extreme drought now covers the eastern edge of Putnam County. Severe drought has expanded into southern Daviess County, and moderate drought covers most of the rest of that county. Severe drought also covers north and east Caldwell County, southwest Livingston County, southern Linn County, northeast Sullivan County, and about the eastern half of Putnam County. Abnormally dry conditions remain over most of Harrison County, southwest Mercer County, and northwest Grundy County. Moderate drought covers the rest of the Green Hills.

Extreme and severe droughts have spread across Northeast Missouri, while moderate drought has grown in Northwest Missouri. Extreme and moderate droughts have also expanded in Western and Central Missouri. However, moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions have reduced in Southern Missouri.

As of now, abnormally dry conditions or some degree of drought affect 83.88% of the state, which is 1.53% less than last week.

As of Thursday morning, October 12, Trenton recorded a rainfall deficit of 8.67 inches year to date. Trenton received 0.25 inches of rain for the week ending Tuesday morning, October 10.


Missouri Drought Map released Thursday, October 12, 2023
Missouri Drought Map released Thursday, October 12, 2023