Despite heavy rainfall from this past week, most of Alabama is still in extreme or exceptional drought. The Huntsville Airport picked up 4.55 inches this week, but is still close to 10 inches behind the yearly average. According to the Palmer Drought Index, we would need another 13-16 inches of rain to end the drought. We won’t get that much rain next week, but we do have consistent rain chances on the way.
A disturbance to the south will keep scattered showers going through Sunday. Then an area of low pressure will move north through Alabama Monday night and move out by Tuesday evening. A few thunderstorms will move through with this system, but the chance for strong storms will likely stay south of us.
From the rain expected over the weekend and early next week some areas could pick up another 3 inches of rain.
One good rain event won’t bust the drought, but it will chip away at it. We’ll need at least one inch of rain a week to get out of our current drought.