OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Exceptional drought has expanded in parts of Oklahoma.
The U.S. Drought Monitor shows about 40 percent of the state is mired in exceptional drought, the worst in the monitor's classification system.
A map indicates exceptional drought stretching from central Cimarron County in the Oklahoma Panhandle eastward into Osage County near Tulsa. Another swath stretches south from Ellis County to the Red River and then north and east into McClain County in central Oklahoma.
Exceptional drought conditions have eased slightly in parts of Oklahoma, though most of the state remains in extreme drought.
The U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday shows 37 percent of the state in exceptional drought — the worst classification — with most of the area in western Oklahoma and from north-central Oklahoma into the eastern Panhandle.
Conditions in Tulsa County improved from "Exceptional" to "Extreme" last week. Click the link above and hear the reaction of State Climatologist Gary McManus, regarding Tulsa County's improvement.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The severity of an ongoing drought has intensified across Oklahoma with 48 percent of the state now rated as in an exceptional drought — the worst classification.
That's up from 39 percent of the state in exceptional drought last week.
The report released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of the western half of the state, the northeast and parts of north-central Oklahoma in exceptional drought. The report shows 52 percent of the state in extreme drought.