UPDATE: Most of Missouri Now Drought-Free

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The latest weekly update of drought conditions around the U.S. shows most of Missouri is no longer under drought conditions.

The National Drought Mitigation Center releases a drought monitor map each week.  This week, only a small corner of northwest Missouri is still in moderate drought to abnormally dry conditions.  94% of the state is considered to have no drought at all.

The Missouri Climate Center at the University of Missouri credits heavy rains across the state in April for pulling the state out of dry conditions.  Southwest Missouri received 6 to 10 inches through the month, while northwest and central Missouri received only 3-4 inches. 

Also, widespread heavy rain across much of the Midwest caused flooding in the Upper Mississippi watershed, and eventually downstream, added to Missouri's precipitation, as did the April 24 snowstorm in parts of the state. 

Some areas of the state have had too much rain, resulting in a delay in spring planting.   The Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service says only 15% of the corn crop had been planted and was more than 2 weeks behind normal.

Springfield City Utilities currently reports total reservoir storage at the lakes that supply drinking water to Springfield, at 100%.  McDaniel Lake and Fellows Lakes are actually slightly over capacity as of this morning's daily report.  

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