Drought Resources

Drought affects Northwest Missouri from time to time. 2012 broke records for both heat and drought. Although not as severe in 2013, drought returned again for a second year. Much of north Missouri remained in moderate drought at the start of 2014.  After periods of abnormally dry conditions as well as drought in 2017, Northwest Missouri entered 2018 abnormally dry. Conditions did not improve, with drought stages starting early in the year.

Newspaper columns from Tim Baker, NW Region Horticulture Specialist

2018 - A series of newspaper columns on the drought will be written starting in August
Drought Relief, November 8, 2018
Measuring the Drought, September 13, 2018
Drought Comparisons, August 30, 2018
Drought Assessment Committee - Extended Version, August 16, 2018
Drought-Stressed Corn and Nitrates, August 2, 2018

Older Columns
Measuring Evapotranspiration, June 12, 2014
Trees and Drought, Part II, March 7, 2013
Drought resources on the Web, August 9, 2012
Trees and Drought, July 26, 2012

Photos - I will be posting photos here as time allows
Hamilton City Reservoir
Drought-Stressed Crops

Comparing the 2012 and 2018 Droughts
Video showing the week-by-week progression through the two years
Photos comparing each year at specific locations

NW MO Horticulture Climate & Meteorology Web Page
This includes climate data for Gallatin, MO, including evapotranspiration graphics for this year's drought

MU Extension resources

State of Missouri

National Weather Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Other links