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Worst drought expansion slows

August 16, 2012

U.S. Drought Monitor Map for Arkansas, released Aug. 16, 2012. (Image courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor)

LITTLE ROCK – The area of Arkansas covered by the most intense drought has expanded again, but its growth rate slowed significantly from the previous week, according to Thursday’s U.S. Drought Monitor Map.

Arkansas has seen more frequent and widespread rains as well as cooler temperatures, over the last two weeks.

In last week’s map, exceptional drought covered 53.26 percent of the state. This week it had inched to 53.6 percent, extending itself to the extreme northwest corner of Benton County. The previous week’s map showed exceptional drought increasing from 45 to 53 percent.

With the rain, “everyone is in a better mood now,” said Keith Perkins, Lonoke County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “ As my dad would say, it did not come a day too soon.” READ MORE … 

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