Rain that fell across much of Oklahoma last weekend helped to slightly reduce the severity of exceptional drought in the state.
The U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows 28 percent of the state in exceptional drought — the worst category. That is down from 42 percent a week ago.
Exceptional drought continues across the northern tier of the state, including much of the Panhandle, and in parts of southwestern Oklahoma.
Extreme drought conditions continue in 52 percent of the state while the remainder of the state is in severe drought.