From drinking water to farms, drought’s effect creeping across Missouri

This article discusses how climate change is bringing drought to Missouri.

As a light rain fell on Missouri’s capital city Thursday, a task force assembled to assess the state’s drought met for the first time.

“It’s a little ironic that we convened this meeting in the middle of a rainstorm. But don’t let it deceive you,” Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Carol Comer told more than three dozen in attendance.

Fifty-two of Missouri’s 114 counties are now affected by the lingering lack of precipitation, up from 47 last week when Gov. Mike Parson activated the panel to monitor the drought. Eleven counties have slipped into a more extreme category of drought since July 19.

In all, nearly 2.6 million people live in drought-affected areas.

The most updated drought map, released Thursday, places St. Charles County and a swath of southwestern St. Louis County within the abnormally dry category.

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