St. Joseph, MO
The latest Drought Monitor came out on Thursday and displays a moderate to severe drought across northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas.
The city of St. Joseph is included in the "Moderate" drought status while areas to the east of the city are in a "Severe" drought. Recent rains have done little to help with the drought as rainfall deficits continue for the area.
The official reporting site for St. Joseph is Rosecrans Memorial Airport, which is west of downtown. Rainfall data from the National Weather Service shows that on the year (as of June 6th), St. Joseph is 7.56 inches of rain below normal. The observed total is 6.36 inches and the normal value is 13.92 inches. Compare that to last year's numbers when the area picked up 12.12 inches in 2017 up to this date.
According to the Buchanan County Farm Service Agency, during the last 4 months, St. Joseph is 66% below the 30-year normal rainfall for those months. The impact of these rainfall numbers may begin to take a toll on area farmers and that is something that the Agency is keeping a very close eye on.
Climatological data suggests that the next few months are the driest and hottest of the year for the region.