The worst drought categories are unchanged in Oklahoma this week, although abnormally dry conditions have spread into more areas of the state.
The U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday shows about one-half of 1 percent of the state in exceptional drought and just less than 10 percent in extreme drought — the two worst categories. The percentages are unchanged from last week and are reported in far southwestern Oklahoma and across the Panhandle.
The report shows moderate drought conditions in 38 percent of the state compared with nearly 33 percent a week ago. Abnormally dry conditions are found in 60 percent of Oklahoma — up from 46 percent last week.
Nearly 40 percent of the state is without drought, down from 54 percent last week.