All this rain and snow has been a boon for much of the state, but not all of Missouri shared the bounty.
“When it comes to the drought situation, the southeastern third of the state has seen some significant improvement. But northwestern parts of Missouri have been missing out on some of these heavy precipitation events,” Guinan said. “Outside Missouri there still drought problems. West of Missouri things deteriorate quickly across the Plains from South Dakota to Texas.”
Looking ahead, it appears that March will be a bit wetter and cooler than normal. This is certainly a different scenario from last year.
“March 2012 was a March that acted like the month of May. We saw record warmth in March of 2012,” Guinan said.
All this snow, rain, low temperatures and lack of evaporation means parts of Missouri are heading into the spring drought-free.
“At least according to the Drought Monitor map, about the southeastern two-thirds of the state is already drought-free,” Guinan said. “With more forecasted precipitation events on the horizon, we’re going to see even more improvement across the state.”
Weather resources on the Internet:
- Missouri weather information from the National Weather Service: www.nws.noaa.gov/view/states.php?state=mo&map=on
- Latest weather data from around the state: agebb.missouri.edu/weather/stations
- Missouri Agricultural Weather: agebb.missouri.edu/weather
- Missouri Historical Agricultural Weather Database: agebb.missouri.edu/weather/history
- U.S. Drought Monitor: droughtmonitor.unl.edu