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Drought conditions improve after recent heavy rain

After periods of heavy rain over the last week, drought conditions have begun to improve across northwest Missouri.

Posted: Sep 6, 2018 4:29 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) After periods of heavy rain over the last week, drought conditions have begun to improve across northwest Missouri. 

According to the latest Drought Monitor, put out by the National Drought Mitigation Center out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, D4 (exceptional drought) conditions have been removed from northwest Missouri.

In the latest update, 78.01 percent of Missouri is in some sort of drought, down from 83.37 percent last week. Extreme and exceptional drought conditions are also down from 12.78 percent last week to 6.08 percent this week.

Radar estimated rainfall during the last seven days shows between 1-6 inches of rain has fallen in the area, with the most north of St. Joseph.

Rain continues to be in the forecast until Saturday before dry conditions return next week. 

St. Joseph
Partly Cloudy
38° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 28°
Clarinda
Cloudy
36° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 27°
St. Joseph
Partly Cloudy
38° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 28°
Chillicothe/Agri
Partly 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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