Parts of Alabama are experiencing moderate drought


During the month of June, the entire area experienced a rainfall deficit. The latest Drought Monitor update was released on Thursday morning and we are definitely seeing the effects of the little rain we received.

“Abnormally dry” conditions, the area in yellow, have been expanded to include south-central Tennessee and most of northern Alabama. We also saw an expansion of “moderate drought” conditions, areas in beige, including parts of Colbert, Lauderdale and Limestone counties. As we head into the holiday weekend, it’s important to keep in mind that the ground and crops are dry. If you plan to set off fireworks, be sure to be extremely careful.

How dry was June?

As we end June, many places will end it with a rainfall deficit of an inch or more. Athens will experience its driest June on record with rain totals for the month not even reaching an inch. Although it was dry in Huntsville, it certainly wasn’t the driest on record.

Parts of Alabama are experiencing moderate drought

Looking forward to the first week of July, we will continue to see the potential for precipitation. This activity will however be scattered across the coverage, while some will see rain, some will not. With plenty of moisture in the atmosphere, showers or thunderstorms will have the potential to produce localized heavy rain.


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