(Farmington) Wednesday night’s storms and other rains in the last week have improved drought conditions a bit in southeast Missouri but not quite enough just yet.
The U.S.D.A. released the Drought Monitor Map for Missouri Thursday and the extreme drought area has shrunk to now include the western half of Ste. Genevieve County and the northeastern tip of St. Francois County.
Severe drought conditions still persists for all of Crawford and Washington counties, plus northern Iron, western and southern Jefferson County, eastern Ste. Genevieve County, northern and western Perry and most of St. Francois County.
All other parts of the listening area are experiencing moderate drought conditions.
There is a part of the mid-section of the Show-Me State, south of the Missouri River that is now experiencing the highest rating of exceptional drought conditions.
Surrounding that area is a much larger area of the state experiencing extreme drought conditions.