Heat Wave 2012

Drought-exposed river sandbars called a danger

Drought conditions have exposed sand that looks inviting but is actually quicksand. Officials advise citizens to avoid sandbars until conditions improve.

Missouri approves 4,900 applications for water help

The state program picks up a larger share of the tab for farmers to drill or deepen their wells or expand irrigation systems.

Plains ranchers sell cattle as U.S. drought spreads

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Friday that the nation's cattle inventory was the smallest since the agency began a July count in 1973. It is likely to take the beef industry years to recover.

Drought causing cracks in St. Louis basement walls

This year's drought has caused basement walls around the St. Louis area to crack, leaving homeowners with steep repair costs.

Drought may mean fewer, smaller animals at fairs

With Midwest drought, well users find faucets are running dry

A typical American household uses up to 2,800 gallons of water each week, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. After months without rain, many rural homeowners and businesses are being forced to buy that water from private suppliers or to drill new or deeper wells.

July 2012: The hottest July in U.S. history

It was the hottest July on record for the contiguous 48 states this year. For Missouri, the month of July was the fifth hottest on record. Along with the heat, the drought conditions in Missouri are expected to continue through mid-September.

Crop-withering drought intensifies in Plains

As of this week, nearly half of the nation's corn crop was rated poor to very poor,  and about 37 percent of the U.S. soybeans were lumped into that category.

Survey: Drought dragging down Midwest economy

A monthly report out of Omaha, Neb. says the ongoing drought is hurting the economy of Midwest and Plains states and will continue to do so in the coming months.

Heat, drought cause water main breakages in St. Louis

Three water mains broke late Tuesday or early Wednesday in St. Louis.

More than $3 million approved so far in Missouri drought aid

As of Monday, Nixon said his administration had approved 674 applications for the program.

Wells drying up in Wildwood

A Missouri Department of Conservation monitoring well shows the water table is down about 60 feet since May.

Report shows U.S. drought rapidly intensifying

The U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows the range of the drought in the continental U.S. has increased only slightly in the past week, but the severity is worsening.

Nixon adds $5M to help Missouri. farmers with wells

Gov. Jay Nixon bolstered funding Thursday for an emergency water assistance program and redirected money from winter heating aid to cooling for low-income residents.


Dry wind feeds western Missouri house fires

High heat and dry weather helped spread a house fire to neighboring homes in a Kansas City suburb.

Missouri village offers free water to fight grass fires

A Lawrence County village is offering free water to residents for fire protection and prevention.

Gov. Nixon announces emergency help for drought-affected Missouri farmers

The governor authorized the state Soil and Water Districts Commission to implement an emergency program to help farmers drill or deepen wells to produce more water for livestock and crops.

Missouri farmers eligible for help to expand wells

Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday the emergency program will cover 90 percent of a well project's cost, with a maximum cost-sharing award of $20,000.

St. Charles County resident victim of heat

The blistering hot weather is now blamed for another death in the St. Louis area, this time in St. Charles County.

Missouri vineyards wait for harvest to see the effect of this summer's drought

While grapevines thrive in warm weather, too much stress can be bad for growth. Missouri winemakers show the effects of the drought on their plants and wait for harvest season to see how it will affect the quality of their wines.