Extremely hot, dry weather in September leads to an expanding, intensifying ‘flash’ drought. Record heat and practically no rain in the forecast for the next week means this situation gets worse before it gets better.
Alabama’s State Climatologist Dr. John Christy says parts of Central Alabama are now in ‘severe’ to ‘extreme’ drought, and the outlook is not good in the short-term.
The year began with no single county in Alabama experiencing drought after one of the wettest starts to a calendar year on record. Huntsville had it’s wettest January and February since records began in the late 1800s this year; since March First, it’s been like a light switch flipped to the ‘off’ position.
The U.S. Drought Monitor now shows more than 80% of Alabama’s land area in at least ‘D0’ drought (the lowest level on the scale). That’s up from 47% last week.
We see a chance of some spotty storms on Friday and Saturday, but we need more than nine inches of rain to break the drought over the eastern side of Alabama.
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