99 percent of Alabama remains in ‘severe’ drought despite recent rain

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The new drought monitor released Thursday, December 8 shows significant improvements to the drought in north Alabama.

Before the rain, an overwhelming 97 percent of the state was considered to be in extreme drought. As of Thursday morning, 73 percent of Alabama is considered to be in extreme drought. Even with recent rain, almost 100 percent of the state is still included in the ‘severe’ drought category.

While rain deficits continue, they were cut in half due to several rounds of heavy rain within the last 10 days.

Rain totals between November 27 and December 7 exceeded five inches in many communities:

  • Scottsboro: 8.89″
  • Fayettevile: 8.03″
  • Huntsville: 7.59″
  • Moulton: 6.96″
  • Muscle Shoals: 6. 38″
  • Fort Payne: 6.11″
  • Decatur: 5.94″

Officials say the large amount of recent rain lead to a sinkhole developing in one Madison County neighborhood.

Due to the prolonged period of rain, Governor Robert Bentley lifted the ‘No Burn Order,’ which had been in effect for several weeks.

Since January 1, a total of 3,644 wildfires have consumed almost 50,000 acres of land in Alabama, with 2,219 of those fires and 29,406 acres just since October 1.