Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Springfield, MO

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Springfield MO
1000 AM CDT Thu Aug 31 2023

...Extreme Drought Conditions Remain Over West Central Missouri with
little if any change in drought conditions...


According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, Extreme (D3) Drought
conditions remained unchanged across west central Missouri. Areas
currently designated as being in D3 Drought include much of Vernon
and Cedar counties and the western half of St. Clair County. This
includes the Stockton and Nevada areas in Missouri.

The area of Severe (D2) Drought saw no changes across southwest
Missouri, and southeast Kansas. Locations currently in D2 drought
include Bourbon County, Kansas, northern portions of Barton and Dade
counties, eastern St. Clair and western Hickory County in Missouri.
Towns in the D2 area include Lamar, Greenfield, and Hermitage.

The Moderate (D1) Drought area saw saw no changes across Shannon and
Oregon counties. The remainder of the area remained the same as the
previous week and includes Crawford County in Kansas and areas north
of the I-44 corridor along with areas from Rolla southward through
western Dent, eastern Texas, portions of Shannon and northern Oregon

The area of Abnormally Dry (D0) classification covers Cherokee
County, Kansas...areas from Neosho to Springfield and then southward
Cassville and Kimberling City...as well as areas surrounding the D1
area over the far eastern Ozarks.

The area of no drought designation remained from Marshfield and
Hartville southward to the Arkansas state line then westward across
the Table Rock Lake area to McDonald County.


Rainfall accumulations of a quarter of an inch to one inch occurred
across protions of central Missouri and the eastern Ozarks with
little rainfall occuring across far southern Missouri over the past
7 days ending on Wednesday August 30th.

No rain is expected through this weekend. There are low chances for
rain during the middle of next week.

Soil Moisture...

The latest soil moisture ranking percentiles were in the 30-70
percentiles across much of the region...and even higher over south
central Missouri. Information courtesy of NWS Climate Prediction

Stream Conditions...

Streamflow percentiles over the past seven days remained mainly
unchanged and were still below normal over the Little Osage River
basin in southeast Kansas and west central Missouri along with the
headwaters region across south central Missouri. Information
courtesy of the US Geological Survey.

.Summary of Impacts...

Few Condition Monitoring Observer Reports (CMORs) were received this
past week. Farmers over west central Missouri state crops remain
stressed, farm ponds remain dry, and they continue to haul water and

.Drought Mitigation Actions...

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has an AgriStress Helpline at
833-897-2474, and the University of Missouri Extension Office has a
Psychological Service Clinic to aid farmers and ranchers. More
information is available at muext.us/PSCFarmRanch.

.Local Climate and Drought Outlook...

Over the next 6 to 10 days (September 5 - September 9), and next 8
to 14 days (September 7 - September 13), above normal temperatures
and below normal precipitation are favored for the region.

For the week 3 - 4 period (September 9 - September 22) near to
slightly above normal temperatures are favored, with equal chances
for normal, above, and below normal precipitation.

The outlook for the period September through November favors equal
chances of normal, above, and below normal for both temperatures and

Drought conditions are expected to slowly improve through the end of
November. Information courtesy of the NOAA Climate Prediction Center.

Next Issuance Date...Thursday, August 31, 2023.

This product will continue to be issued weekly each Thursday until
all locations in the NWS Springfield County Warning Area (CWA) are
no longer designated as being in severe (D2), extreme (D3), or
exceptional drought (D4).


Drought (D0-D4) Classification...

D0 Abnormally Dry D1 Moderate Drought D2 Severe Drought D3 Extreme
Drought D4 Exceptional Drought


Drought related information for The Missouri Ozarks along with a PDF
version of the Graphical Drought Statement is available at:

Other Local Weather, Climate, and Water Information:

Midwest Climate Center Drought Information Page:

Missouri State Climatologist: http://climate.missouri.edu

U.S. Drought Monitor: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

U.S. Drought Portal: http://www.drought.gov

U.S. Drought Reporter: http://droughtreporter.unl.edu/map

Climate Prediction Center: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

National Centers for Environmental Information Drought Termination
and Amelioration: http://ncei.noaa.gov/access/monitoring/drought-


The U.S. Drought Monitor is a weekly collaborative effort between a
number of state and federal agencies including the National Weather
Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National
Drought Mitigation Center.

.Contact Information...

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

Gene Hatch Climate Services Program Leader/Meteorologist National
Weather Service Springfield MO gene.hatch@noaa.gov


Megan Terry Service Hydrologist/Meteorologist National Weather
Service Springfield MO megan.terry@noaa.gov


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