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Drought Conditions Worsen Across The Area

Parts of the area have been upgraded to an Extreme Drought with the latest Drought Monitor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Posted: Jul 13, 2018 5:08 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)

Parts of the area have been upgraded to an Extreme Drought in the latest Drought Monitor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The worst conditions are over DeKalb, Gentry, and Clinton counties and to the east. The rest of the area is in at least a Moderate to Severe Drought.

According to the National Weather Service, St. Joseph has received 10.23 inches of rain up to July 13th, which is 8.87 inches below normal. Compare that to last year when St. Joseph had picked up 15.86 inches to date.

The extreme heat and lack of rain has led to poor crop conditions and low water levels for area farmers. Hay production has been severely reduced this year as well as corn and soybeans.

The Farm Service Agency in Andrew and Buchanan counties is already applying for federal disaster relief programs that could provide assistance for area farmers. 

Stay with KQ2 for more updates on how the drought is impacting the area.

St. Joseph
Partly Cloudy
59° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 59°
Clarinda
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 59° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 57°
St. Joseph
Partly Cloudy
59° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 59°
Chillicothe/Agri
Clear
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Hi: 57° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 54°
Falls City
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 60°
We started out across the area with a few clouds around as a disturbance passed to the south of the area. Clouds slowly started to clear by the early afternoon hours. Today temperatures were still be above average, but cooler than yesterday with highs in the upper 50s. Temperatures will be back in the 60s this weekend under mostly sunny skies. Winds will be a bit breezy on Sunday with wind gusts up to 25 mph. Wind will remain fairly breezy through the beginning of next week especially on Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures will stay above average next week with rain chances increasing by mid week.
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