Drought conditions in Missouri have slightly intensified over the past week, according to the latest data from the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
More than a third of the state is in D4, or exceptional drought, the worst category. That area covers the Boot-heal and a swath of western Missouri from Kansas City down to around Springfield. The rest of the Show-Me State is in extreme drought (D3), the second-worst category. NDMC Climatologist Mark Svoboda says Missouri can expect a brief reprieve next week.