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Exceptional drought retreats slightly

August 23, 2012

Aug. 23 U.S. Drought Monitor map. (Image courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor)

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Tiny green strands of grass – and some hope – are reappearing in spots around Arkansas as the most intense level of drought retreats slightly in the U.S. Drought Monitor Map released Thursday.

Rain has fallen – a hint that Arkansas’ weather pattern is becoming more fall-like – and at least one place, Little Rock Air Force Base, saw a record low of 61 on Wednesday.

Exceptional drought declined to 45.3 percent, down from last week’s 53.6 percent, its broadest reach so far this year. The exceptional drought area includes all the counties on the Missouri border, with its southern boundary making a big “U,” running through Washington, Crawford, Franklin, Scott, Yell, Garland, Saline, Pulaski, Lonoke, Prairie, Woodruff, Cross, Poinsett, Craighead and a piece of Mississippi counties.  READ MORE …

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