The latest assessment from the U.S. Drought Monitor showed little change to the drought across the Missouri Ozarks and extreme southeastern Kansas over the past few weeks. Moderate to locally severe drought conditions remained in place across portions of Kansas and southwestern Missouri.
The extended dry period that began in May of 2012 continued through the remainder of the year and into early 2013. The dry conditions combined with generally above normal temperatures presistant drought conditions. The ongoing drought has result in significant impacts on the agricultural community and water resources across the region.
Streamflow conditions are returning to near normal along the smaller rivers and streams in the area. .
Additional current stream and river stages can be obtained from USGS Water Watch.
Soil moisture deficits remain across portions of southeastern Kansas and the Missouri Ozarks. This, despite recent rainfall across the region.
|More information can be found on the MRCC Drought Information Page
A changing upper level pattern is expected to control the weather patterns through September. This will bring periods of cooler and wetter conditions, however the overall monthly conditions are forecast to be above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. The outlook through the coming fall months from September through November also indicates enhanced probabilities of above normal temperatures, but precipitation chances are expected to be near normal.
Continued improvement to the drought across Missouri and Eastern Kansas is expected through the fall months.