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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows about 42 percent of Oklahoma remains in exceptional drought — the most severe category.

The monitor released Thursday shows exceptional drought stretching from Osage County westward across the Oklahoma Panhandle and in much of the southwestern corner of the state.

Extreme drought is reported in about 43 percent of the state and severe drought in more than 4 percent of the remaining sections of Oklahoma.


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.

Drought Eases in Tulsa County

Aug 30, 2012

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.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Drought conditions continue to worsen and expand across Oklahoma.

The U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows exceptional drought — the worst possible category — covering most of western Oklahoma and a swath of northeastern Oklahoma. Southern Tulsa County is in that worst case category.

Nearly all other areas of the state are in extreme drought — the exceptions being severe drought in small parts of southeastern Oklahoma and the Panhandle.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The drought affecting Midwest and Plains states has put a further drag on the regional economy.

A report released Wednesday says July's Mid-America Business Conditions Index plunged below growth neutral for the first time since 2008. The index hit 48.7, compared with 57.2 in June.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the drought has already harmed ethanol and food processors in the region.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that the severity of an ongoing drought is expanding across Oklahoma.

The Drought Monitor's report released Thursday shows parts of northwestern Oklahoma in exceptional drought. The western one-third of the state, the Panhandle and parts of east-central to southeastern Oklahoma are in extreme drought while most of the remainder of the state is in severe drought.

Last week's report showed drought conditions in Oklahoma were intensifying and there has been little rain in the state since then.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — As extreme drought and scorching heat creep back into the Southern Plains, ranchers and state foresters fear a repeat of last summer's tinderbox conditions that turned pastures into wasteland, sparked hundreds of wildfires and ravaged countless acres of crops.

The region is emerging from a blistering June where temperatures reached 112 degrees in the Oklahoma towns of Buffalo and Freedom and 106 degrees in Harrison and Russellville in Arkansas.