Drought conditions improved over the past week in southwest Arkansas but worsened in parts of southeast Arkansas, the U.S. Drought Monitor revealed Thursday. Drought diminished in the state overall, with no form of abnormal dryness covering 47.69 percent, an improvement from 45.89 percent last week.
The Drought Monitor shows that the area of extreme drought, the category designated to an area with a deficit of 4-9 inches of rain in a 30-day period, increased to cover 3.34 percent of the state, up from 1.77 percent last week. It stretched north into Drew, Cleveland and Lincoln counties in southeast Arkansas.
"The southwest corner of the state received generous amounts of rain, with totals in the 1 1/2 to 4+ inch range," National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist John Robinson wrote in an email. "Areas of southeast Arkansas that changed from severe drought to extreme drought received only small rainfall amounts."
This time last year, nearly 42 percent of the state was beset by extreme drought.