It's no secret that most of Missouri has been suffering through a horrible drought for the past several years, but how much rainfall would it take for the state to be back to average? The actual number is truly staggering.

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The National Weather Service shared a stunning graphic showing how much rain Missouri would need to match the annual average for the state. Keep in mind, this is the most recent map from the National Drought Monitor about current conditions showing much of Missouri still reporting extreme drought.

Infographic, National Drought Monitor
Infographic, National Drought Monitor
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Here's the amount of rain Missouri and parts of west-central Illinois would need in just the next 3 weeks to match the annual average of rain the state normally sees.

National Weather Service, St. Louis, Missouri
National Weather Service, St. Louis, Missouri
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Northeast Missouri and west-central Illinois would need anywhere from a foot to more than 16 inches of rain. If that happened in one storm (not gonna happen), there would be a bigger problem than just drought to deal with. Flash floods of mammoth proportions obviously.

What this region really needs is regular and frequent rainfall. The problem is the forecast for at least the next couple of weeks is extremely dry. For people like me that hate shoveling snow, that's great news. For farmers and the Missouri ground, that's awful news.

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