Drought conditions still present on the Drought Tracker

A chance to improve on the way, though

The updated Drought Tracker from last Thursday shows dry conditions still holding on across a good portion of the Four State Area. Much of southwest Missouri is showing abnormally dry conditions while the conditions worsen as you work into southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma. Aside from abnormally dry conditions covering a good portion of southeast Kansas, we have a moderate drought from Oswego and Chetopa up over to Parsons, Independence and the northwestern half of Chautaqua county. A severe drought is clipping southeastern Chautaqua county and parts of southern Montgomery and Labette counties. All of Washington, Nowata and Craig counties in Oklahoma are under a severe drought while a moderate drought is clipping parts of western Ottawa and Delaware counties.

While that isn’t good news, the good news is that our next winter storm on the way will give us a helping hand. With rain chances Tuesday, freezing rain/sleet/snow chances on Wednesday and periods of snow on Thursday, that accumulating snow and frozen precipitation will eventually melt and work into the soil. This should lead to an improvement in our drought situation (especially out in central parts of Oklahoma) over the next few weeks.