Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Weekly Drought Report, August 9: It's Worse

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

The Scab-Me State?
  • The Scab-Me State?
The U.S. Drought Monitor has released its weekly report, and I don't think any of us should be surprised that conditions have worsened. Missouri's numbers look absolutely terrible.

100 percent of the state is gripped by severe drought (D2-D4 ranking). 94.56 percent of the state is in the D3-D4 category (red on the map, right), which means extreme drought; that's up from 92.79 percent last week. Even more alarming is the increase in the percentage of the state that's suffering from D4 conditions (exceptional drought, marked in brick red on the map, right): 13.89 percent of Missouri has reached that point, an increase of 5.4 percent. Look at that map over there -- the Show-Me State looks like a week-old scab.

Is there any good news in this week's report? Maybe. Who knows? The researchers open strong in their section on the Midwest, noting that,
"Conditions continue to improve in the eastern half of the region, as another week of good rains came to Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Again, generally speaking, the drought continues to improve and is being pushed west, tightening the gradient along the way with 1-category improvements noted in eastern and southern Ohio, eastern and central Kentucky and north-central Indiana."
If that improvement continues to push west, maybe in a few weeks it'll include us. Maybe.

Tags: , ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 16, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation