Though the drought map for Missouri looks better than it did last year, abnormally dry conditions have returned to parts of the state.
In 2012, the entirety of the state was considered to be in a drought. This year, that percentage is less than half, mostly in northern and east central Missouri.
State climatologist Pat Guinan says the current drought is not a continuation of last year’s. A wet spring meant there were no drought conditions in Missouri by the middle of June.
“I think the buzzword for Missouri this year was precipitation disparity. We literally had severe drought impacting a good portion of northern Missouri at the end of August, whereas at the same time in August in southern parts of the state we saw some historic flooding and record rainfall.”
Guinan says long-term predictions for next year show an equal chance of having temperatures and rainfall above, below, or near normal.