U.S. Drought Monitor, April 17, 2012

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In northeast Oklahoma, Birch Lake is now slightly into its Flood Pool, while Skiatook Lake has risen by two feet (though capacity is still near 78 percent). The short-term wetness likely outweighs the long-term reservoir deficit in this case, and therefore the Abnormally Dry (L) area in Osage County in northeastern Oklahoma was eliminated. Slight improvements were made in western Oklahoma, though Severe Drought conditions were maintained in extreme southwest parts of the state which are still contending with serious water supply and soil moisture issues. Beneficial wetness in western and southern sections of Texas warranted a number of slight alterations to the drought depiction in those areas. Click here to read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

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