Drought grew across the area this week

Worst of the drought still out to our west

With an overall dry spell across the area for the final days of June, we have seen a drought develop across our area. While most of the area is abnormally dry, there is a pocket of moderate drought across parts of Crawford, Cherokee, Ottawa, Jasper and Newton counties. On the heels of the heavy t-storms that worked across the Joplin Metro yesterday, we’ll see if that and additional rain chances for today and into next week can address the drought concerns that have popped up on top of us. The worst of the drought continues to be out to our west with moderate to extreme droughts across portions of central/western Oklahoma and western Kansas.