Comparing the drought of 2012 to 2018

Below are photos taken in 2012 and 2018 at the same location on approximately the same month and day... six years apart. Crops will change, of course, but the main point to consider is how drought-stressed the trees are. Generally, I believe the trees are better off in 2018, compared to 2012.  The top photos for each date were taken in 2012, and the lower photos in 2018.

Late June - In 2012, we had no idea what was in store for us later that year. I was not concentrating on the trees at this point, but on the crop... mums. But at this point, the trees look good for the most part... for both years. Photos taken south of Jamesport.


Later July - In 2012, leaves were assuming fall colors, way too early. In 2018, leaves are not as bad, but you can definitely see drought stress. Same location as above.


Last day of July - There was corn in 2012, but no crop in 2018. This was taken in the Grand River Bottoms, east of Gallatin. The trees didn't show too much stress either year.


August 11 - These shots show the lake at Crowder State Park, Grundy County, Missouri. Photos taken at the spillway area. The 2012 photo shows much more distance from the water to the spillway, thus the lake had not declined as much in 2018.


August 11 - Another view of the spillway area. This more clearly shows the lake levels. The lower photo in 2018 shows the water much higher than in 2012.


August 11 - Southwest arm of lake, Crowder State Park.  Again, the lake is somewhat higher in 2018, although it still has declined.


August 11 - Northwest arm of lake.


August 11 - Northwest arm of lake. It was difficult to find the exact position in 2018 that I had used in 2012, but again the lake levels were much lower in 2012. Notice also that in 2012, it had been dry for some time... enough for the grass to grow!