Areas in central Arkansas experienced minor relief from the drought this week, while the drought worsened in southern Arkansas, a weather official said Thursday.
Two latest Drought Monitors — one from Aug. 13 and the other of Thursday — show improvements in parts of central Arkansas, from moderate to abnormally dry, National Weather Service meteorologist John Robinson said in a statement. Those counties include Lonoke, Perry, Pulaski, Saline and Yell.
Two other central Arkansas counties, Arkansas and Jefferson, improved in drought conditions from severe to moderate.
In southeast and southwest Arkansas, the drought worsened from moderate to severe in counties including Bradley, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Lafayette and Lincoln.
A Drought Monitor from August 2012 shows more than half of the state experienced exceptional drought conditions, while more than 81 percent of the state experienced at least an extreme drought.