Drought conditions persist across parts of Missouri, although there is some improvement thanks to recent rains. According to the latest data from the Department of Natural Resources, 71 counties are classified as being in severe drought or worse. D4 is the worst classification, signifying “exceptional” drought conditions. The number of counties classified as D2 or worse is down by 15. Moniteau County is currently considered to be in an extreme drought, while Laclede and Morgan counties are in a severe drought.