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Half of Oklahoma is in drought, monitor reports

Last week, 45 percent of the state was considered to be experiencing some form of drought. The latest report shows 50 percent is in drought and the other half is abnormally dry, including Oklahoma County.
by Bryan Painter Modified: September 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm •  Published: September 13, 2013

The weekly drought monitor — produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the NOAA, the USDA and about 350 drought observers — rates the level of drought on a five-classification scale: abnormally dry, moderate drought, severe drought, extreme drought and exceptional drought.

Drought worsened in portions of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Further south, conditions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas also declined. And more than three-quarters of the western United States remains in moderate drought or worse.

Contributing: The Associated Press

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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