ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - With no precipitation immediately in sight, the National Weather Service reports that St. Louis rainfall amounts have been more than five inches behind normal for the months of May and June.
“May and June usually are the wettest months of the year,” explained meteorologist Jayson Gosselin.
Thanks to rains in the late winter and spring, he added, the overall precipitation deficit across Missouri is just about two inches below normal for the first half of the year.
The result is the worst drought that farmers in the Show-Me (Some Rain) State have had to endure since the 1980′s according to Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau.
Corn crops are especially feeling the stress of high heat coupled with no rain
“Corn has been irreparably damaged, there’s no doubt about it,” Hurst pointed out.
Perhaps the worst thing, though, is there’s almost nothing to cling to as far as hope for relief any time soon.
“There’s maybe a front that tries to come in by Sunday, so rain chances would increase,” said the National Weather Service’s Jayson Gosselin. “But between now and Sunday overall the chances are fairly bleak, especially for widespread rain.”