The latest edition of the U.S. Drought Monitor shows no improvement since December 31st.
Moderate drought continues over northern Missouri, east central Missouri just west of St. Louis and west central Illinois. Abnormally dry conditions remain over all but southwest and southern Missouri and southern Illinois. Moderate to severe drought continues out on the Plains.
Some improvement is expected in small areas this month, but for the majority current conditions will continue.
Drought west through north of St. Louis is expected to diminish by month’s end, but continue elsewhere.
January was yet another dry month, although cold and snow did help maintain soil moisture, although some was lost in the windy and warm weather out west late in the month.
Kansas City starts 2014 where it leaves 2013: Below average precipitation.
Drought and dry areas continue to miss out on beneficial rains.
Observed January precipitation across the district.
Departure from average January precipitation across the district, more areas were below average than above -even considering the heavy snow.
Kansas City is running a severe multi-year deficit, and with the below average tally in January falls 20 inches behind where it should be for this point in the decade.
This graphic shows the running total of how far above or below average Kansas City is for precipitation for the 2010s decade.
Above average precipitation in February is predicted far from the areas that need it the most.
The NWS CPC outlook for February offers little hope for areas suffering in drought with no strong signal for above average precipitation. Cooler than average temperatures may help maintain soil moisture.
The next drought update will be issued on Saturday, March 1st. The next update after that will be when weekly updates resume Saturday April 5th. Those weekly will continue through the growing season as long as drought persists in the district.