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Drought conditions worsen in Texas, Oklahoma

LUBBOCK, Texas — How dry is it in Texas? Nearly 94 percent of the state has been under "extreme" or "exceptional" drought levels this week, up 2 percent from last week, the U.S. government said Thursday.

While some neighbors got rain relief in recent days, Texas remained the epicenter of the record-breaking drought, with climate data from the U.S. Drought Monitor showing the state suffering its driest 10 months ever in more than a century of data.

"This is unprecedented territory, as the precipitation deficits mount, and triple-digit temperatures continue to increase water demand," the service said in its weekly report.

Texas was told not to expect any near-term relief.

"Texas will continue to be 'high and dry,' with little drought relief in sight over the next week," the report said.

Since January, Texas has received only 40 percent of its normal rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.

Oklahoma also saw conditions worsen, with extreme and exceptional drought now spread throughout nearly 93 percent of the state, up from 88 percent.

Drought conditions worsen in Texas, Oklahoma 08/11/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2011 10:33pm]
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