Heat Wave 2012
Drought conditions have exposed sand that looks inviting but is actually quicksand. Officials advise citizens to avoid sandbars until conditions improve.
The state program picks up a larger share of the tab for farmers to drill or deepen their wells or expand irrigation systems.
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.
This year's drought has caused basement walls around the St. Louis area to crack, leaving homeowners with steep repair costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three water mains broke late Tuesday or early Wednesday in St. Louis.
As of Monday, Nixon said his administration had approved 674 applications for the program.
A Missouri Department of Conservation monitoring well shows the water table is down about 60 feet since May.
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.
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.
High heat and dry weather helped spread a house fire to neighboring homes in a Kansas City suburb.
A Lawrence County village is offering free water to residents for fire protection and prevention.
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.
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.
The blistering hot weather is now blamed for another death in the St. Louis area, this time in St. Charles County.
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.