Drought conditions improve in Ozarks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Drought conditions in some section of southern Missouri have improved significantly thanks to recent rain.

The National Drought Mitigation Center says most of the Ozarks shed the official drought label and is now “abnormally dry.” The center also says portions of southeast Missouri weren’t labeled as drought in the center’s weekly report released Thursday.

The National Weather Service in Springfield says the area saw one to three inches of rainfall over the past two weeks along with a few inches in February.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://sgfnow.co/15gKYpw ) that some drought effects linger, including low reservoir and lake levels in some areas and dry subsurface soil. Table Rock Lake on Friday was still 4 feet below normal, and some farm ponds haven’t been completely refilled, causing concerns about livestock water supply.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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