Click on the image to go to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor update for Missouri.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor illustrates the continued intensifying of the drought across Missouri, and throughout the country.

About 23 percent of the state is now in the “extreme” drought stage, the second highest. That touches 16 counties in southeast Missouri and has spread to part or all of 24 counties in north-central Missouri.

Over 70 percent of the state is in what the Monitor calls “severe” drought, and the rest in “moderate.”

A narrow strip of Mississippi County is classified as in “exceptional” drought, part of an area that extends into Kentucky, southern Illinois and southern Indiana.