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Drought Update 5-5: Third of Texoma in Stage 5

New drought information shows at least a third of Texoma counties and communities have reached Stage 5 "Exceptional" drought.
The drought.gov update for Thursday, May 5, 2011 is in and shows that the Stage 5 "Exceptional" drought level has expanded west.  This now indicates at least a third of Texoma's counties are in the highest level of drought there is.  Unfortunately recent rainfall was not enough to downgrade other counties drought rating at Stage 4 "Extreme."

At this time there is no significant rainfall in the forecast.  Let's pray that changes.

Here is the breakdown with counties that changed categories in bold & ital.(see images below)

Stage 5 "Exceptional"
  • Wichita
  • Wilbarger
  • Jackson
  • Tillman
  • Hardeman
  • Foard
  • Childress
Stage 4 "Extreme"

  • Archer
  • Baylor
  • Knox
  • Cottle 
  • King
  • Clay
  • Cotton
  • Stephens
  • Jefferson
  • Comanche
  • Wise
  • Jack
  • Young
  • Throckmorton
  • Palo Pinto
  • Montague
State 3 "Severe"
  • None
Stage 2 "Moderate"
  • None
Stage 1 "Abnormally Dry"
  • None
Here is the drought map of Texas:

Here is the drought map for Oklahoma:

Here is a drought map of Texoma:

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