drought http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Drought To Grip Northern Missouri The Rest Of The Year, New Forecast Says http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drought-grip-northern-missouri-rest-year-new-forecast-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Drought conditions have grown in portions of Missouri over the past few weeks, and according to the latest forecast are set to persist through the rest of the year.</span></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 30039 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drought To Grip Northern Missouri The Rest Of The Year, New Forecast Says Drought Conditions Plaguing Northern Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drought-conditions-plaguing-northern-missouri-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Drought conditions are again plaguing the northern half of Missouri, according to the latest U.S. drought monitor report.</span></p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 14:17:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 29555 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drought Conditions Plaguing Northern Missouri Drought Still A Threat To Missouri This Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drought-still-threat-missouri-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri's overall drought picture is vastly improved this summer over what it was during last year's extreme heat and dry conditions.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Still, drought remains an immediate threat to portions of the Show-Me State. Mark </span>Fuchs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is a hydrologist with the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/">National Weather Service office in St. Louis</a>.</span></p> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 28604 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drought Still A Threat To Missouri This Year Missouri Crops Behind Schedule, But Conditions Much Improved Over Last Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-crops-behind-schedule-conditions-much-improved-over-last-year <p>The heavy rains that caused flooding across portions of Missouri this spring have also led to improved soil conditions for crops grown in the Show-Me State.</p><p>The exceptionally-wet spring did cause delays in getting corn, cotton and soybeans in the ground.&nbsp; But Bob Garino, Missouri Statistician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome">(USDA)</a> state office in Columbia, says conditions are much better than a year ago when 2012's drought and heat wave began to take hold.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:52:12 +0000 Marshall Griffin 27412 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Crops Behind Schedule, But Conditions Much Improved Over Last Year As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drought-turns-flood-farmers-get-weather-whiplash As Chris Webber checked the 40 acres of muddy field he wanted to plant on a recent morning, he worried about getting more rain, even as he worried about the lack of it.<p>"The drought is over at the moment," he says. "But in Missouri, we tend to say that in 10 days or two weeks, we can be in a drought again. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 27320 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash' Enyart, Durbin Push Bills To Aid Shipping Industry http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/enyart-durbin-push-bills-aid-shipping-industry <p>A pair of bills related to transportation on the inland waterways was introduced in the US House and Senate on Thursday.</p><p>Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart introduced his first piece of legislation since being sworn into office last January—the Mississippi River Navigation Sustainment Act.</p><p>Enyart says the bill would give the Army Corps of Engineers authority that it doesn’t currently have, to conduct operations outside of the barge channel.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 23:13:07 +0000 Adam Allington 10222 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Enyart, Durbin Push Bills To Aid Shipping Industry Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drought-stricken-plains-farmers-giddy-over-heavy-snow Two rapid-fire snowstorms <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/22/172680402/storm-buries-kansas-missouri-as-it-heads-east" target="_blank">belted Kansas</a> with more than 2 feet of snow this week. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Frank Morris 9798 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow Shipping Woes Ease On Mississippi River http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/shipping-woes-ease-mississippi-river <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What a difference just a few weeks makes.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Earlier this year shippers feared that the worst drought in decades would slam the brakes on the billion dollar barge shipping industry, but recent heavy rains and snow have raised water levels on the drought starved Mississippi River. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Even though shippers are back to carrying normal loads, American Waterways Operators spokeswoman Ann McCulluh says the industry remains anxious about the future.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:55:01 +0000 Tim Lloyd 9710 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Shipping Woes Ease On Mississippi River Winter Storm Could Provide Some Short-Term Drought Relief In Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/winter-storm-could-provide-some-short-term-drought-relief-missouri <P>The winter storm that dumped several inches of snow and ice across much of Missouri may bring some short-term relief to the state’s drought conditions.</P> <P>Kelly Smith is Director of Marketing and Commodities for the <A href="http://www.mofb.org/">Missouri Farm Bureau</A>.&nbsp; He says the winter storm arrived on the heels of recent rain events, helping saturate the soil.</P> <P>“This snow is gonna slowly melt into the ground," Smith said.&nbsp; "We will get some runoff from it in some areas because they got a 10 to 13-inch snow…we had areas in our state as high as 13, maybe even 15, inches up in north of (the) Kansas City area.” Fri, 22 Feb 2013 22:57:27 +0000 Marshall Griffin 9571 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Winter Storm Could Provide Some Short-Term Drought Relief In Missouri Mizzou Scientist Says Summer Drought Shouldn't Be As Bad As Last Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mizzou-scientist-says-summer-drought-shouldnt-be-bad-last-year <p>The 2012 drought was among the most extreme the country has seen in recent memory, including the hottest July on record.</p><p>Climate scientists at the University of Missouri are predicting that the coming summer will be dry, but not as bad as last year.</p><p>Anthony Lupo is chair of the Department of Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences.&nbsp; His methodology is based on historical patterns and statistics, not on week-to-week forecasts.</p><p>Lupo’s prediction for the coming summer offers some good news.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:55:34 +0000 Adam Allington 9356 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mizzou Scientist Says Summer Drought Shouldn't Be As Bad As Last Year