- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The U.S. Drought Monitor says almost 1.5 million Oklahomans are being affected by drought.

In the past month, the percentage of Oklahoma classified as being in exceptional drought has increased slightly from about 5 percent to almost 6 percent. Most of the areas experiencing exceptional drought are in the southwest corner of the state with a small area in northern Ellis County.

All areas experiencing extreme drought or worse are in the western half of the state, with an increase in the percentage of the state experiencing extreme drought that now includes all of Woodward County and much of Harper and Woods counties.

Most of southeastern Oklahoma is still classified as abnormally dry with a large area along the Red River now shown to have Moderate Drought conditions.

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