U.S. Drought Monitor http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 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 Drought Conditions In Mo. Improve Slightly, Still Dry For Long Term http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drought-conditions-mo-improve-slightly-still-dry-long-term <p>Missouri’s overall drought picture remains dry, although there is some slight improvement in portions of the Show-Me State.</p><p>The latest map shows the drought still covering the entire state, and most of it in the severe category – although three pockets of land where drought conditions are only moderate have grown slightly larger over the past two weeks.&nbsp; Those pockets are located in northeast, east-central and southwest Missouri.&nbsp;&nbsp;Mark Svoboda is a climatologist&nbsp;with the <a href="http://www.drought.unl.edu/Home.aspx">National Drought Mitigation Center</a> at the <a href="http://www.unl.edu/">University of Nebraska-Lincoln</a>. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 22:22:37 +0000 Marshall Griffin 5050 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drought Conditions In Mo. Improve Slightly, Still Dry For Long Term Drought improves in Mo., but still expected to continue http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drought-improves-mo-still-expected-continue <P>Drought conditions have eased across most of Missouri, but some parts of the state are still very dry.</P> <P>Much of the relief can be credited to the remnants of Hurricane Isaac, which moved through the Show-Me State three weeks ago. &nbsp;Brian Fuchs is a climatologist&nbsp;with the <A href="http://www.drought.unl.edu/Home.aspx">National Drought Mitigation Center </A>at the <A href="http://www.unl.edu/">University of Nebraska-Lincoln</A>.&nbsp; He says, though, that portions of Missouri missed out. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:47:38 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4668 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drought improves in Mo., but still expected to continue Stuck in the middle: total drought area shrinks as Missouri gets worse http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stuck-middle-total-drought-area-shrinks-missouri-gets-worse <p>Extreme drought conditions in Missouri have worsened even though nationwide the total area affected by this year&rsquo;s severe dry weather has decreased slightly. That&rsquo;s according to this week&rsquo;s <a href="http://drought.unl.edu/Portals/0/user_image/news/images2012/USDM_73112_USDAanalysis.pdf">report</a> from the US Drought Monitor.</p><p>The portion of the country facing any level of drought decreased a point to about 63 percent. Meanwhile, about 93 percent of Missouri is in an extreme to exceptional drought.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 21:30:01 +0000 Joseph Leahy 4242 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Stuck in the middle: total drought area shrinks as Missouri gets worse