Showers help, but drought persists in Oklahoma

A series of showers that pushed across Oklahoma has helped ease some of the state's dry conditions, but more than a quarter of the state still remains locked in the worst category of drought.Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor show 26 percent of Oklahoma, including the Panhandle and much of western Oklahoma, remains in the exceptional drought category. That figure was 34 percent last week.About 55 percent of the state is experiencing at least extreme drought conditions, a decrease from 61 percent last week.The latest projections show drought conditions are expected to intensify or persist across most of western Oklahoma through August.