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Drought picture improves in southeast Oklahoma, remains grim in west

Recent rains provided drought relief across Oklahoma over the past week, but conditions in western Oklahoma remained dire, according to a new U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday.

According to the report, about 75 percent of the state is experiencing some form of drought, down from nearly 81 percent last week. The report is based on data collected Tuesday.

But the rains brought little or no relief to western Oklahoma, where the drought is the most severe, according to the report. About 50 percent of the state, mostly in western and north central Oklahoma, is experiencing severe or exceptional drought, the report’s two most severe categories.

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Silas Allen

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri. Read more ›