Oklahoma's drought barely budges for a second week; about 62 percent of state in drought


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OKLAHOMA CITY — It's a new year in Oklahoma, but the same old drought is still here.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says Oklahoma's lingering drought barely budged for the second consecutive week.

The report says about 62 percent of the state remains in drought. The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/1BrIHIQ ) that nearly 22 percent of Oklahoma was listed in extreme or exceptional drought.

The drought's worst effects are in southwestern and western Oklahoma. Many of those areas have been in drought since October 2010.

Although parts of the state received record snowfall last weekend, it brought little moisture to the state. Oklahoma state climatologist Gary McManus says about 10 inches of snow generally spells an inch of moisture. McManus says any snow that falls over the next few days is unlikely to offer much help.

Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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