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