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Drought conditions improve in Missouri; over two-thirds of Kansas residents live in the driest circumstances in the US

A wet Winter and Spring in Kansas is badly needed to improve statewide drought conditions

The latest report from the National Drought Monitor is more optimistic as we near the midpoint of winter with increased rain and snow. KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro

Three months ago, 100% of Missouri was considered abnormally dry, while over 78% of the state was moderately dry. The most severe drought conditions in all of Missouri were in the southwest portion of the state, overtaking most of Vernon and Barton counties and the northern part of Jasper county.

The latest National Drought Monitor report released last week shows improved conditions, with 41.5% of Missouri free of drought. Meanwhile, Kansas is in a substantially different position drought-wise. Over 96% of the Sunflower state is experiencing some form of drought.

As of last week, 37.43% of Kansas was categorized in exceptional drought, the worst of the five classifications. Closer to home, every country in southeast Kansas is experiencing some form of drought. Over 1.9 million Kansas's nearly three million residents reside in a drought-prone area. For 89 9 KRPS, I'm Fred Fletcher-Fierro

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.
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