The drought situation is slightly better in some areas of Oklahoma but slightly worse in others, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday.
Gary McManus, of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, said the latest map shows improvements in northeastern and west central Oklahoma.
It also includes a return to exceptional drought in areas of southwestern and central Oklahoma, as well as the western Oklahoma Panhandle, McManus said.
Nationally, the drought remains anchored in the central Plains, with the worst conditions in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Arkansas, he said. Overall, about 55 percent of Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma remains in the exceptional drought category.
While all of Oklahoma is still covered by severe to exceptional drought, 42 percent of the state is experiencing exceptional drought, compared to 40 percent a week ago.
Mark Gregory, based in Duncan, is a longtime area Oklahoma State University extension agronomy specialist for southwest Oklahoma. Much of his area is included in the portions of Oklahoma in exceptional drought, the worst category.
Gregory said recent rains have been isolated in his area.
“Rains up until late this past week and weekend were definitely hit and miss,” Gregory said. “The rains of last Thursday through Saturday (Sept. 13-15) were more general, although were in very light amounts in many locations.”