The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map for the state of Kansas continues to show the drought strengthening its grip across a good portion of western and central Kansas.
All or a portion of 12 counties in southwest and south central Kansas are considered in exceptional drought. All or a portion of 30 counties are considered in extreme drought. The two worst categories of drought comprise over 27 percent of the state. Over 83 percent of the state is considered in drought condition. At the start of 2018, only 33 percent of the state was considered in drought condition and if you go back one year ago, eight and a half percent of the state was considered in drought conditions.
Over 18 percent of Oklahoma and over four percent of Texas is considered in exceptional drought. The area in Oklahoma is in the panhandle extending into portions of western Oklahoma. The area in Texas is located in the eastern portions of the Texas panhandle.
Source: National Drought Mitigation Center