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VOL. 127 | NO. 151 | Friday, August 03, 2012

Ark. Area in Worst of Drought Grows to 44 Percent

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Almost half of Arkansas is experiencing the worst category of drought.

The U.S. Drought Monitor's updated map Thursday shows that 44 percent of the state is in exceptional drought, the most extreme of four categories of dryness.

The month-long forecast for August shows Arkansas is expected to receive below-normal rainfall for the month. The seasonal outlook through the end of October also forecasts the drought to persist or worsen for Arkansas and a large part of the nation.

Last week, 34 percent of Arkansas was considered to be in exceptional drought. That area expanded by about one-third, with part of north Arkansas being added to the area experiencing the worst drought.

Small chances of thunderstorms are forecast through the weekend.

The state was under a heat advisory Thursday.

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