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AXUS73 KSGF 021624  
DGTSGF  
 
DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO  
1023 AM CDT THU FEB 2 2023  
 
...SLIGHT DECREASE IN SEVERE (D2) AND EXTREME (D3) DROUGHT CONDITIONS  
NEAR THE SOUTHWEST MISSOURI/SOUTHEAST KANSAS BORDER THIS WEEK...  
   
SYNOPSIS
 
 
ACCORDING TO THE LATEST U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR, THE COVERAGE OF  
EXTREME (D3) DROUGHT WAS DECREASED TO THE WESTERN THIRD OF CHEROKEE  
COUNTY, AND SOUTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL CRAWFORD COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST  
KANSAS. THIS INCLUDES THE TOWNS OF MCCUNE, SHERMAN, MELROSE AND FAULKNER.  
 
SURROUNDING THE D2 DROUGHT AREA, SEVERE (D2) DROUGHT WAS REMOVED  
OVER EXTREME SOUTHEAST CHEROKEE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS, AND THE  
NORTHERN HALF OF VERNON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI. D2 DROUGHT  
REMAINED UNCHANGED OVER THE REST OF CRAWFORD COUNTY AND THE SOUTHERN  
HALF OF BOURBON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS, AND ACROSS SOUTHERN VERNON,  
MOST OF BARTON AND NORTHWEST JASPER COUNTIES IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI.  
CITIES IN D2 DROUGHT INCLUDE COLUMBUS, PITTSBURG, GIRARD, AND FORT  
SCOTT, KANSAS AND LAMAR, MISSOURI.  
 
MODERATE (D1) DROUGHT COVERS NORTHERN BOURBON COUNTY AND EXTREME  
SOUTHEAST CHEROKEE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS, AND CENTRAL AND  
SOUTHEAST VERNON, SOUTHEAST BARTON, THE REST OF JASPER, WESTERN  
DADE, EXTREME SOUTHWEST CEDAR, EXTREME NORTHWEST LAWRENCE, AND NORTH  
AND WEST NEWTON COUNTIES IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI. CITIES IN D1 DROUGHT  
INCLUDE GALENA, KANSAS AND JOPLIN, NEVADA, GOLDEN CITY, SENECA AND  
CARTHAGE, MISSOURI.  
 
D1 DROUGHT COVERAGE REMAINS UNCHANGED OVER SOUTH CENTRAL MISSOURI  
AND INCLUDES EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST SHANNON COUNTY, NORTHEAST,  
CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST OREGON COUNTY, AND SOUTHEAST HOWELL COUNTY.  
TOWNS IN D1 DROUGHT INCLUDE ALTON, EMINENCE, KOSHKONONG,  
LANTON AND WINONA.  
 
ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) COVERAGE DECREASED OVER CENTRAL AND WEST  
CENTRAL MISSOURI, WHILE REMAINING UNCHANGED ACROSS THE REST OF THE AREA.  
LOCATIONS DESIGNATED AS D0 INCLUDE LAKE OF THE OZARKS, TRUMAN LAKE,  
STOCKTON LAKE, AND POMME DE TERRE. CITIES IN THE D0 AREA INCLUDE  
ELDORADO SPRINGS, HERMITAGE, OSAGE BEACH, OSCEOLA, WARSAW, AND  
VERSAILLES.  
 
OTHER AREAS OF D0 REMAINED FROM PINEVILLE TO WEST OF MONETT  
OVER SOUTHWEST MISSOURI, AND EAST OF A LINE FROM BAKERSFIELD TO  
ROUND SPRING IN SOUTH CENTRAL MISSOURI.  
 
PRECIPITATION...  
 
OVER THE PAST WEEK, MOST OF THE PRECIPITATION FELL IN FREEZING OR FROZEN FORM.  
LIQUID EQUIVALENT PRECIPITATION ACCUMULATIONS RANGED FROM ONE  
QUARTER OF AN INCH TO ONE HALF INCH ALONG AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 44. MOST  
LOCATIONS NORTH OF INTERSTATE 44 RECEIVED LITTLE TO NO PRECIPITATION.  
 
DURING THE NEXT 7 DAYS, PRECIPITATION ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO  
AVERAGE FROM ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH OVER CENTRAL MISSOURI AND  
SOUTHEAST KANSAS, TO NEARLY AN INCH OVER SOUTH CENTRAL MISSOURI.  
 
SOIL MOISTURE...  
 
SOIL MOISTURE IN THE TOP SEVERAL INCHES OF THE GROUND RANGED FROM AT  
AROUND 20 PERCENT ALONG THE MISSOURI AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS BORDER  
TO AROUND 30 PERCENT ALONG THE ARKANSAS BORDER.  
 
HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS...  
 
STREAMFLOWS OVER THE PAST 7 DAYS REMAINED BELOW NORMAL OVER THE UPPER  
MARMATON AND LOWER NEOSHO BASINS IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS. THE REST OF  
THE REGION HAD NEAR NORMAL STREAMFLOWS.  
   
SUMMARY OF IMPACTS
 
 
NO NEW IMPACTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED.  
   
DROUGHT MITIGATION ACTIONS
 
 
THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS AN AGRISTRESS HELPLINE AT  
833-897-2474, AND UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION OFFICE HAS ALSO  
SET UP A PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICE CLINIC TO AID FARMERS AND RANCHERS.  
MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT MUEXT.US/PSCFARMRANCH.  
   
LOCAL CLIMATE AND DROUGHT OUTLOOK
 
 
OVER THE NEXT 8 TO 14 DAYS THROUGH THE END OF FEBRUARY, ABOVE NORMAL  
TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ARE FAVORED.  
 
BY THE END OF APRIL, DROUGHT IS EXPECTED TO PERSIST BUT IMPROVE ALONG THE  
SOUTHWEST MISSOURI AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS BORDER. ELSEWHERE, DROUGHT  
REMOVAL IS EXPECTED AND AREAS NOT IN DROUGHT ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN  
DROUGHT-FREE.  
 
NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2023.  
 
THIS PRODUCT WILL CONTINUE TO BE ISSUED WEEKLY EACH THURSDAY UNTIL  
ALL LOCATIONS IN THE NWS SPRINGFIELD COUNTY WARNING AREA (CWA) ARE  
NO LONGER DESIGNATED AS BEING IN SEVERE (D2), EXTREME (D3), OR  
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT (D4).  
 

 
 
DROUGHT (D0-D4) CLASSIFICATION...  
 
D0 ABNORMALLY DRY  
D1 MODERATE DROUGHT  
D2 SEVERE DROUGHT  
D3 EXTREME DROUGHT  
D4 EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT  
 
RELATED WEBSITES...  
 
LOCAL WEATHER, CLIMATE, AND WATER INFORMATION:  
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SGF  
 
MIDWEST CLIMATE CENTER DROUGHT INFORMATION PAGE:  
HTTP://MCC.PURDUE.EDU/CLIWATCH/DROUGHT/DROUGHT.JSP  
 
MISSOURI STATE CLIMATOLOGIST: HTTP://CLIMATE.MISSOURI.EDU  
 
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR: HTTP://DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/  
 
U.S. DROUGHT PORTAL: HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV  
 
U.S. DROUGHT REPORTER: HTTP://DROUGHTREPORTER.UNL.EDU/MAP  
 
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER: HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/  
 
NATIONAL CENTERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION DROUGHT TERMINATION  
AND AMELIORATION: HTTP://NCEI.NOAA.GOV/ACCESS/MONITORING/DROUGHT-  
RECOVERY  
   
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
 
 
THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR IS A WEEKLY COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN A  
NUMBER OF STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES INCLUDING THE NATIONAL WEATHER  
SERVICE, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, AND THE NATIONAL  
DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER.  
   
CONTACT INFORMATION
 
 
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, PLEASE CONTACT:  
 
GENE HATCH CLIMATE SERVICES PROGRAM LEADER/METEOROLOGIST NATIONAL  
WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO GENE.HATCH@NOAA.GOV  
 
OR  
 
MEGAN TERRY SERVICE HYDROLOGIST/METEOROLOGIST NATIONAL WEATHER  
SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO MEGAN.TERRY@NOAA.GOV  
 

 
 
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