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Dry conditions expected to carryover into 2024

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Missouri’s State Climatologist says 2023 is wrapping up drier than usual and there’s not much moisture in the forecast.

Zach Leasor says some recent rain has been good for Missouri, but an eight-month drought isn’t fixed with a few rain events.

“It’s going to take a lot of rainfall to dig out of some precipitation deficits we’ve accumulated this year. What we look at for the winter isn’t just normal rainfall, but we hope we can see more rainfall than usual.”

Leasor says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s forecast resembles an El Nino winter.

Dry conditions expected to carryover into 2024