Texas continues to make progress in easing out of drought status with currently only 35 percent of the state considered in moderate to exceptional drought. But all is not well; a significant area in North Texas, Mineral Wells to Wichita Falls and up into Childress, remains in extreme to exceptional drought status and is not expected to improve any time soon, according to the latest Texas Drought Monitor and the Texas Water Development Board.
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Most of the Western half of Oklahoma also remains in some stage of drought, much of it in severe to exceptional status. The area around Altus down to the Texas State line and coinciding with conditions in the Wichita Falls, Texas, area continues to suffer under exceptional drought status. Much of East Oklahoma is either drought-free or listed as abnormally dry or in moderate drought.
Reports indicate that rainfall in the last week helped ease the situation in West Oklahoma but more precipitation will be necessary to make summer crops.
Conditions in Texas have improved by one percentage point from last week and current drought status is five points down from three months ago. A year ago, 66 percent of Texas was rated in moderate to exceptional drought.
Drought status across most of the state is expected to improve through July.
More than 51 percent of Oklahoma remains in moderate to exceptional drought status.