With isolated downpours throughout June and early July, some locations across Arkansas have received quite a bit of rain, especially in areas where showers repeatedly formed. However, overall the NW corner of Arkansas has trended drier. Drought conditions have been expanding over Oklahoma and have offically arrived in Arkansas.
YELLOW: Abnormally Dry
LIGHT ORANGE: Moderate Drought
DARK ORANGE: Severe Drought
RED: Extreme Drought
DARK RED: Exceptional Drought
Portions of NWA and the River Valley have "abnormally" dry conditions. Western Crawford County (near Rudy and Natural Dam) is under a "moderate drought."
Even with dry conditions, lake levels are above normal. For example, (as of July 9, 2020) Beaver Lake is roughly ~6 feet above average. Downpours quickly stream water into our water sources.
Drought conditions are increasing across the Rockies and southern Plains.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Drought conditions will likely expand across Arkansas and Oklahoma for the rest of July as a ridge of high pressure reduces rain chances.