The National Weather Service’s Drought Monitor released Thursday shows 70.5 percent of Arkansas is categorized as an area in extreme drought. The monitor shows 3.25 percent of the state in an exceptional drought, the highest level represented on the report.

All of Conway County is within the exceptional drought range, along with most areas of Van Buren County, about half of Pope County and northern portion of Perry County.

A northwestern portion of Faulkner County is also within the range.

When the report was last compiled on July 3, 36 percent of the state was in the extreme drought category, and none of the state was within the exceptional drought range.

All of Arkansas, except for a few small areas along the Mississippi River on the state’s eastern side, is experiencing at least a moderate drought.

At this time last year, 3.5 percent of Arkansas was experiencing extreme drought.

According to National Weather Service of Little Rock precipitation data, the immediate area around Dennis F. Cantrell Field in Conway has recorded just over an inch of rainfall this month.

Records show 1.07 inches of rainfall in June.

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