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“Extreme” Drought expands covering more than 50% of Alabama

Little River Canyon/Patty Tucker

Little River Canyon/Patty Tucker

It’s expanding and getting worse.

Conditions are almost as bad as the 2007-08 drought, and we are rapidly headed that direction.

The area of ‘extreme’ drought expanded to cover almost 52% of Alabama this week; it’s getting worse in Tennessee, too.

Over 35% of the Volunteer State is considered to be in ‘severe’ drought this week.

Drought monitor as of 11/3/16

Drought monitor as of 11/3/16

 

See more of WHNT News 19’s drought coverage from this week:

Fifteen inches of rain needed to end the drought

Cullman Water Board water restrictions

Drought Monitoring Group: emergency situation

There is no immediate relief in sight.  We do expect a few showers tonight, and there is at least a little potential for some spotty rain toward the middle/end of next week; however, that’s not going to even dent the drought.

The overnight GFS guidance gives us no real hope; some spots get nothing, a few may get as much as a half-inch of rain in the next 16 days:

6Z GFS guidance (11/3/16)

6Z GFS guidance (11/3/16)