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Drought Conditions Continue

The latest Drought Monitor came out on Thursday and displays a moderate to severe drought across northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas.

Posted: Jun 7, 2018 4:12 PM

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.

St. Joseph
Partly Cloudy
38° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 28°
Clarinda
Cloudy
36° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 26°
St. Joseph
Partly Cloudy
38° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 28°
Chillicothe/Agri
Cloudy
37° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 37°
Falls City
Cloudy
36° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 26°
Temperatures have dropped down below freezing for many this morning with mostly clear skies creating a few areas of frost. Today temperatures will struggle to warm up again into the upper 40s and lower 50s with a mix of sun and clouds. Tonight temperatures will drop into the upper 20s and lower 30s again providing another frosty morning on Thursday. Southerly winds will return on Thursday helping to slowly warm temperatures back up into the upper 50s. Most of the day Thursday will be dry but rain chances will start to increase after about 6 PM. Rain chances will continue for the first half of the day Friday before moving out of our area. The weekend looks comfortable and spring like with temperatures in the 60s and 70s under mostly sunny skies. The warm up continues into next week with highs in the 70s and 80s on Monday.
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