The new drought monitor is out and dry conditions expand to include most of North Alabama and all of southern middle Tennessee.
For weeks now, almost all of Jackson County and parts of Marshall County remain in Moderate Drought conditions. That continues as of the latest drought information.
What has changed this week is that dry conditions now extend further north and west of the region, which are the areas highlighted in yellow.
This means that agricultural ponds and creeks are beginning to decline; forage crops and pasture areas are also stressed.
Looking at the bigger picture, nearly half of the state of Alabama is experiencing “Abnormally Dry” conditions, a nearly 50% increase compared to last week.
An estimated 578,000 people are effected by “Abnormally Dry” conditions as of the latest data.
14 percent of the state is in Moderate Drought, a percent increase compared to last week.
Only 1 percent of the state is in severe drought, which is the same amount compared to last week.
It’s amazing how at the beginning of the year it wouldn’t stop raining and now we can’t buy a rain drop. We’ve only had 0.27″ at Huntsville International for the month of September with only four rain days this month. Two of those were trace amounts. The 7-day forecast looks scarce with no significant rainfall through most of next week. Most won’t see anything.
Here is a look at the monthly summary for 2019. It was so wet to start the year, now we can’t get anything to fall. Some parts of the Tennessee Valley have lower totals than this!