The past two weeks have been a dramatic change from the previous 3 months! It has rained 7 of the past 9 days, but before that we had only seen measurable rain 7 out of the past 90 days. Not only is it impressive how consistently we've had rain lately, the actual rain amounts are high too.
Since November 28th Huntsville has seen 7.59 inches of rain. That's about 5 times what we saw between September 1st and November 27th (1.47"). A lot of this rain came November 29th-November 30th with the severe storms that moved through that Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. That system dropped just under 4 inches of rain on Huntsville, even causing flash flooding that Wednesday morning.
When the US Drought Monitor came out that Thursday December 1st though, it showed close to no change in our drought status. How is that possible? Well, it's not that the rain didn't help us. The drought monitor comes out every Thursday, but it works from a 7 day period of Tuesday-Tuesday. Basically, any rain that falls after 6am on Tuesday won't be reflected on that Thursday's drought monitor. That gives the various scientists that put the monitor together time to analyze the past week's data. The next drought monitor comes out on December 8th and we will of course go over it on air and online here at whnt.com.
Even these heavy rainfall totals won't end the drought though. Huntsville is still holding on to a rainfall deficit of 8.14 inches. We are making progress though. Just this week the "No Burn Ban" was lifted thanks to a week of steady rain. A little dry time will be good for us though. All this rain needs time to soak in . Otherwise we could face flooding problems again. We'll be dry through the end of the week, but it looks like our next chance of rain already arrives by next Monday.
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