Drought Conditions Getting Worse

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North Alabama is falling deeper into a drought, and this excessively hot, dry weather will not do anything to make it better anytime soon. Dr. John Christy, Alabama’s State Climatologist released his Palmer Drought Index contributions (which are compiled and used in the U.S Drought Monitor that comes out on Thursday), and he says areas around The Shoals, Huntsville, Decatur and Athens are now in “severe” drought.

The rest of the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama is in “moderate” drought, which is not much better. Dry ground and dry air turn into a vicious cycle that keeps the weather hot and dry over a broad area. In other words, the hotter and drier it has been, the more likely it is that the weather will stay hot and dry.

We are expecting some of the hottest weather in the past 10 years later this week and this weekend, and although it seems like this is a low-impact kind of weather event, it is a very serious threat to human health as well as animals and agriculture.

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