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Drought completely erased in Missouri

As of the latest Drought Monitor report, no part of Missouri is experiencing any level of drought conditions. This comes just five months after the peak of last summer's drought.

Posted: Jan 18, 2019 9:49 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)— As of the latest Drought Monitor report, Missouri is no longer experiencing any level of drought conditions. This comes just five months after the peak of last summer's drought.

The improvement in these numbers comes after rounds of precipitation that began in October and has been steady through the end of 2018 and into 2019. In those months, St. Joseph received 9.95 inches of precipitation.

The report released by the The National Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday shows the entire state out of any drought category—comparing this to just three months ago when nearly 32 percent of the state was experiencing some level of drought.

According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, this is the first time since May 30, 2017 that Missouri did not have any level of drought in the state.

At the drought's peak this past summer, a staggering 97.76 percent of the state was experiencing drought with 5.54 percent of the state in the highest level of drought, D4.

The good news also spreads to Kansas where no parts of the state are experiencing any drought.

St. Joseph
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 50° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 28°
Clarinda
Cloudy
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Hi: 49° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 26°
St. Joseph
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 49° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 28°
Chillicothe/Agri
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Hi: 48° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 37°
Falls City
Cloudy
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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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