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Kansas Drought Concerns Grow, Western MO Still Dry



(KFEQ)--Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has declared a state of emergency for more than half the state of Kansas.  All of the state is in some form of emergency, warning or watch status now.

The northeast Kansas counties are in a watch status at this point.  Some parts of Kansas are in the worst category of drought status, according to the US drought monitor.  Gov. Brownback noted some parts of southwestern Kansas have had drought condition persist now for the last five years.

Locally heavy rain came to the South early in the Drought Monitor week. Areas of Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas benefited. Areas of Abnormal Dryness (D0) were removed from southern and eastern Texas, northern Louisiana into southern Arkansas, and northern Arkansas into southern Missouri. Mounting deficits saw degradation of drought conditions in western and central Texas. Areas of Exceptional Drought (D4) expanded in central Texas where lake and stream levels are exceptionally low, water supplies are dwindling, and water restrictions are the norm. With some places going months without appreciable precipitation, degradation was in line in most locations in Oklahoma, with the exception of the extreme southeast part of the state. Areas of Exceptional (D4), Extreme (D3), Severe (D2), and Moderate Drought (D1) and Abnormal Dryness (D0) expanded eastward this week in Oklahoma.


In Missouri, the drought continues for the western half of the state, following a national trend where most area's east of the Mississippi River are not in a drought status.  More than half of Missouri remians in the first two stages of drought.
 
No change from the week to week monitor for Missouir, or for Iowa, but conditions there have been improving in the last few weeks.

Areas of Moderate Drought (D1) and Abnormal Dryness (D0) continue to impact the Midwest. No changes were made to the area this week.


All drought monitor details located at: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
 

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