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Midwest Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of December 6-12

Dry conditions remained in Missouri, leading to an expansion of abnormally dry (D0) conditions in the west central portion of the state. In the south central region, a small area around Howell County deteriorated from severe (D2) to extreme (D3) drought. Several impacts were reported across the severe drought regions in Missouri. For example, producers are feeding hay due to minimal fall grass growth and little to no hay cuttings; some producers are moving cattle or hauling water because of low or empty ponds, or little to no flow in creeks and springs (many are saying it’s worse than 2012); there have been failures of fall sown crops germinating, and annuals such as oats and turnips have not produced well; wheat is not germinating properly. Dry conditions over the past couple of months led to the introduction of abnormally dry conditions across all of southern Kentucky and part of southern Illinois. The abnormally dry conditions in Iowa crept northeastward into the northwest corner of Illinois and into north central Iowa. It was been very dry since early to mid-October, resulting in dry surface conditions.

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U.S. Drought Monitor - Midwest DEWS

As of December 12, 2017

Author: Jessica Blunden,NCEI/NOAA

U.S. Drought Monitor - Midwest DEWS
U.S. Drought Monitor - Midwest DEWS
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
WeekNoneD0-D4D1-D4D2-D4D3-D4D4
Current
12/12/2017
65.02%34.98%9.46%4.71%0.24%0.00%
Last Week
12/05/2017
73.94%26.06%9.25%4.66%0.00%0.00%
Three Months Ago
9/12/2017
58.29%41.71%7.37%1.60%0.50%0.00%
Start of Calendar Year
1/03/2017
72.28%27.72%5.96%0.00%0.00%0.00%
Start of Water Year
10/03/2017
49.24%50.76%14.27%1.36%0.48%0.00%
One Year Ago
12/13/2016
59.30%40.70%13.59%6.05%0.00%0.00%

Drought Intensities

  •       None: No Drought
  •       D0: Abnormally Dry
  •       D1: Moderate Drought
  •       D2: Severe Drought
  •       D3: Extreme Drought
  •       D4: Exceptional Drought
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