Although parts of western and southern Oklahoma are still in tough shape, the drought picture across the state continued to improve last week, according to Thursday’s U.S. Drought Monitor report.
About 40 percent of the state was in extreme or exceptional drought on Tuesday, when data for the report was gathered. That represents an improvement over last week, when 48 percent of the state was in extreme or exceptional drought, the report’s two most severe categories.
The report doesn’t account for any that fell after 7 a.m. Tuesday. Portions of northern and eastern Oklahoma and the Panhandle have received significant rainfall since then, including about an inch in Goodwell and 2 inches in Wister, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network.