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Rain beating back Ark drought

September 20, 2012

SHRINKING — Exceptional drought shrinks to an area less than 10 percent of Arkansas.

A series of widespread late summer rain has pushed back the areas of extreme and exceptional drought to 42 percent of Arkansas, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday.  The most intense drought, exceptional, is at 8.74 percent and is confined to an area comprised of parts of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Boone, Newton, Marion, Searcy, Baxter, Stone and Izard counties with a small portion of extreme southwestern Fulton County. At its peak, on the Aug. 14 map, exceptional drought covered nearly 54 percent of the state.

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