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Drought Update 5-26: Rains Weaken Drought

Recent rains have helped to improve the worst drought since 2006.
The drought.gov update for Thursday, May 26, 2011 and for the first time in weeks and months we are seeing improvement in the drought conditions across Texoma.

The improvement can be attributed to recent rains across eastern Texoma (mainly east of I-44) where some counties dropped two categories, from the highest level 5 to 3 (one of those is Comanche County).

Unfortunately because the rainfall has been less in western Texoma 12 counties still remain in the highest level, 5 which is considered to "Exceptional."

At this time rainfall is not in the KFDX forecast and this week and next week traditional signal the end of

Here is the breakdown with counties that changed categories in bold & ital.

Stage 5 "Exceptional" (this is the highest level of drought)
  • Wichita
  • Wilbarger
  • Jackson
  • Tillman
  • Hardeman
  • Foard
  • Childress
  • Cottle
  • King
  • Knox
  • Baylor
  • Archer
Stage 4 "Extreme"
  • Cotton
  • Stephens
  • Jefferson
  • Young
  • Throckmorton

State 3 "Severe"
  • Comanche
  • Clay
  • Montague
  • Jack
  • Palo Pinto
Stage 2 "Moderate"
  • None
Stage 1 "Abnormally Dry" (this is the lowest level of drought
  • None
Here is the drought map for Texas:



Here is the drought map for Oklahoma:


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