The latest report from the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill reveals a severe drought developing across northern Missouri.
In northwest Missouri, Atchison, Holt, Nodaway, Worth and Harrison counties are all listed as abnormally dry. In northeast Kansas, Doniphan and Atchison counties also fall in that category.
The following counties in northwest Missouri are listed in the "moderate drought" category: Holt, Nodaway, Worth, Harrison, Andrew, Gentry, Daviess, Grundy, Buchanan, DeKalb, Clinton, Caldwell, Livingston and Platte.
According to the National Weather Service, the extended forecast may allow the dry conditions to expand as the heat intensifies with the lack of moisture.