Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Springfield, MO

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Springfield MO
1000 AM CDT Thu Sep 22 2022

...Severe (D2) to Extreme (D3) Drought Increasing across the
Missouri Ozarks and Southeast Kansas...

...Exceptional (D4) Drought designated over portions of Southeast
Kansas for the first time since September 2012...


According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, drought conditions have become worse
across southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri over the past week.

Exceptional (D4) drought was designated across southeast Kansas over
central and western portions of Cherokee County and the western half
of Crawford County. This includes the following towns: Columbus,
McCune, Sherman and Walnut.

Surrounding the (D4) drought area, extreme (D3) drought coverage was
expanded eastward and now includes eastern Cherokee, eastern
Crawford, southern Bourbon, southern Vernon, Barton, western Dade,
Western Cedar, northwest Lawrence, all but south central Jasper and
extreme northeast and northwest Newton. Cities within the extreme
drought area include Lamar, Webb City, and Carthage in southwest
Missouri and Baxter Springs and Pittsburg in southeast Kansas.

Surrounding the extreme drought area, severe drought(D2) coverage
was also expanded eastward. The northern and eastern edge of the
(D2) drought area  extends from northern Bourbon, southwest St.
Clair, central Cedar, eastern Dade, northeast Lawrence, northwest
Barry and eastern McDonald Counties. Cities within the severe
drought area include Joplin, Nevada, Stockton, Mount Vernon, Neosho,
and Anderson.

Surrounding the extreme and severe drought areas, moderate drought
(D1) coverage was also extended eastward and covers areas along and
south of Highway 54, and northwest of a line from Dixon to
Marshfield to Monett.

Abnormally dry (D0) areas now include much of the Lake of the Ozarks
region and locations along the Arkansas Border.


Little to no precipitation fell across extreme southeast Kansas and
southwest Missouri over the past week, with central and west central
Missouri and the rest of southeast Kansas receiving around one
quarter to one half inch.  Much of the area in D3 to D4 drought has
received less than 25 percent of their normal rainfall over the past

Soil Moisture...

Due to hot temperatures and increased evaporation, soil moisture in
the top several inches of the ground has decreased to 10 percent or
less in the D2 - D4 areas. Over the rest of the region, soil
moisture was 25 percent or less.

Hydrologic Conditions...

Streamflows over the past 7 days were below to much below normal in
the Spring and Sac River Basins, which includes much of the D3 and
D4 areas. Streamflows were near normal over the rest of the area.

.Summary of Impacts...

Many agricultural impacts have been reported. Some failures of corn,
soy and hay crops have occurred, stock ponds were below normal and
some were drying up completely. Hay has been needed to feed cattle
due to limited grass growth. Water has been hauled in for cattle.
Some tree stress has also been reported.

Burn bans and well failures were also reported on the Condition
Monitoring Observer Reports (CMOR) website.

.Drought Mitigation Actions...

None reported.

.Local Drought Outlook...

Over the next 7 days, above to near normal temperatures and below
normal precipitation are expected. The 8 to 14 day outlook shows a
trend toward above to much above normal temperatures and below
normal precipitation through early October.

For more detailed information, please refer to the following NWS
Springfield Web Site:



The next Drought Information Statement will be issued on Thursday,
September 29th.

This product will continue to be issued weekly on 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




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/


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


Megan Terry
Service Hydrologist/Meteorologist
National Weather Service Springfield MO


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