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Rains fail to offset Okla. drought conditions

Associated Press Modified: August 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm •  Published: August 19, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state climatologist says recent rains across Oklahoma have done little to alleviate ongoing drought conditions in Oklahoma that a cotton farmer says has left his crop a "zero."

Scattered showers fell across the state Tuesday and storms rolled into Oklahoma on Saturday to bring what a National Weather Service forecast called short term relief. But associate state climatologist Gary McManus (mac-MAN'-us) said much more of the same is needed for several months.

Altus cotton farmer Mark Nichols said the weekend rains would help crops that have been irrigated. But he said cotton in the Lugert-Altus Irrigation District is too far gone to be saved.

Farmers have not been allowed to take water in the district because of low levels of Lake Altus.