Missouri’s drought alert has been extended to September 1. The executive order signed by Gov. Mike Parson directs continued coordination of state resources and combined response efforts until conditions improve in drought-impacted areas.

Zach Leasor, state climatologist, told Missourinet that the “April showers” need to continue.

“We certainly hope we see enough precipitation this spring to help out with conditions,” Leasor said. “But, if we don’t get that precipitation, let’s say it’s near normal or below normal, I would expect worse drought impacts this coming year.”

Parson said the alert will continue if the state’s farmers and ranchers are struggling from the effects of prolonged dryness and concerns over commercial navigation along the riverways continue. The lack of precipitation and below-normal streamflow over the past year have kept the Show-Me State under a continuous drought alert since May 31 of 2023.

Leasor’s forecast predicted above normal precipitation through April, but the long-range forecast shows uncertainty for the summer.

“With three years of dryness, we can’t just refill all the moisture in the soils with a few rainfall events,” he said. “This is going to take quite a bit of time to really recharge the soils. The kind of key time to do that was during the winter months.”

To date, Missouri has experienced fairly typical precipitation based on historical trends. However, groundwater, streamflow, and precipitation levels are not where they need to be to lift Missouri out of drought conditions, considering the multi-year drought.

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