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Drought Appears To Be Easing Its Grip On Oklahoma

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While most of Oklahoma remains in the extreme drought category, exceptional drought conditions have eased slightly in northeastern Oklahoma.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released its weekly numbers on Thursday and it showed just over 37 percent of the state in exceptional drought, the worst classification, down from just over 48 percent from a week ago.

See the numbers at US Drought monitor's web site.

Most exceptional drought areas are now mainly in western Oklahoma and from north-central Oklahoma stretching into the eastern Panhandle.

The latest figures show 53 percent of the state was in extreme drought while southeastern Oklahoma and a small part of the western Panhandle are rated in severe drought.

8/23/2012 Related Story: Oklahoma's Drought Intensifies

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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