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Your Weekly U.S. Drought Monitor Update

| 9:45 am May 29, 2014

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All of the state of California continues to suffer from severe drought conditions or worse, and little to no relief is expected anytime soon. In Texas, recent rains have helped conditions to improve somewhat, especially in the western portions of the state, but it still wasn’t enough to bust the drought. The exceptional drought conditions persist in Texas, as well as Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Nevada.

For Alabama, locations across the Tennessee Valley continue to be the driest areas. Abnormally dry conditions persist in Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Jackson, Marshall, and DeKalb counties. Last week’s analysis had 7.01% of the state suffering from these conditions. This week, 1.19% of the state has added back into this category, and the latest analysis shows 8.20% of the state suffering from abnormally dry conditions.

Last week, moderate drought conditions were impacting 0.54% of the state. This week, that number has remained the same. The moderate drought conditions are confined to the extreme northwestern corner of Alabama affecting parts of Lauderdale and Colbert counties. Hopefully the rain this week, and the scattered showers and storms in the forecast will help alleviate these conditions.

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Meanwhile, In Another Ocean

| 8:49 am May 25, 2014

Yesterday at this time, we were talking about little bitty Tropical Storm Amanda. Today, we are talking about a category 4 beast of a hurricane. Amanda went through a rapid intensification cycle over the last 24 hours and is now a very powerful hurricane. She is likely to continue to intensify today, but thankfully, no land masses are in her immediate path.

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…AMANDA BECOMES A CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE…

SUMMARY OF 200 AM PDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…11.7N 110.9W
ABOUT 670 MI…1075 KM SW OF MANZANILLO MEXICO
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…140 MPH…220 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 295 DEGREES AT 5 MPH…7 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…946 MB…27.94 INCHES

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WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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AT 200 AM PDT…0900 UTC…THE CENTER OF HURRICANE AMANDA WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 11.7 NORTH…LONGITUDE 110.9 WEST. AMANDA IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 5 MPH…7 KM/H. A TURN TOWARD
THE NORTH-NORTHWEST OR NORTH IS FORECAST TO OCCUR TONIGHT OR ON
MONDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 140 MPH…220 KM/H…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. AMANDA IS A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
HURRICANE WIND SCALE. SOME ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING COULD OCCUR
TODAY…BUT WEAKENING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON MONDAY.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 30 MILES…45 KM…FROM
THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 80
MILES…130 KM.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 946 MB…27.94 INCHES.

Your Weekly U.S. Drought Monitor Update

| 9:49 am May 22, 2014

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Little to no change in the drought conditions across much of the U.S. Terrible drought, categorized as exceptional, continues across the Southern Plains and along the West Coast. All of the state of California is suffering from severe drought conditions or worse, and little to no relief is expected anytime soon. In Texas, just over 25% of the state is experiencing exceptional drought conditions. However, there is some great news for the Lone Star State and the southern Plains. Over the next 5-7 days, several inches of rain are forecast to impact the drought stricken areas.

For Alabama, the rain last week helped improve conditions a bit. Locations across the Tennessee Valley continue to be the driest areas.  Abnormally dry conditions persist in Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Jackson, and DeKalb counties. Last week’s analysis had 8.86% of the state suffering from these conditions. This week, 1.85% of the state has been removed from this category, as the latest analysis shows only 7.01% of the state suffering from abnormally dry conditions.

Also last week, moderate drought conditions were affecting 2.12% of the state. This week, moderate drought conditions are only impacting 0.54% of the state, and are confined to the extreme northwestern corner of Alabama, affecting parts of Lauderdale and Colbert counties.

With little to no rain in the forecast, we are likely to see abnormally dry conditions expand across the state by the time next week’s monitor is released.

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Your Weekly Drought Monitor Update

| 10:00 am May 15, 2014

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Little to no change in the drought conditions across much of the U.S. Terrible drought, categorized as exceptional, continues across the Southern Plains and along the West Coast.

For Alabama, even though we received rain yesterday, much of the last week was dry. This has allowed areas across the Tennessee Valley to continue to dry out. Abnormally dry conditions are being reported in Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Morgan, Jackson, and DeKalb counties. Last week’s analysis had 5.32% of the state suffering from these conditions. This week, another 3.54% of the state was added, for a total of 8.86% of the state in abnormally dry conditions. As of now, all the very dry weather remains limited to the Tennessee Valley of the state.

Also last week, abnormally dry was the only category showing up in Alabama. This week, moderate drought conditions are back in Alabama and at this time, are confined to the far northwestern part of the state, affecting much of Lauderdale County, as well as portions of Limestone and Colbert counties. The moderate drought conditions amount to 2.12% of the state.

With little to no rain in the forecast the next seven days, we are likely to see abnormally dry conditions expand across the state.

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82 mph Wind Gust in Omaha

| 8:13 pm May 11, 2014

Omaha dodged a bullet in the tornado department tonight as a supercell thunderstorm with a history of producing tornadoes morphed into a high precipitation beast of a storm that wrapped up into a large mesoscale convective vortex.

A powerful rear flank downdraft and gust front raced out ahead of the storm, pounding the Omaha area. Winds gusted to 82 mph at Eppley Airport in Omaha.

OMAHA/EPPLEY,NE (OMA) ASOS reports gust of 71.0 knots from W @ 0051Z KOMA 120052Z 27054G71KT 1/4SM R14R/1200VP6000FT +TSRA SQ FEW030CB BKN100 OVC110 18/17 A2955 RMK AO2 PK WND 27071/0051 WSHFT 0029 RAB10 SLP004 CONS LTGICCCCACG TS SW-OHD-NW MOV NE P0002 T01780167 $

Tornado watches continue tonight from Iowa to western Oklahoma, with severe thunderstorm warnings in the same area ahead of a cold front. There are two surface lows tonight, one moving into Wisconsin and another near Dodge City.

Another round of storms with a severe thunderstorm watch and several severe thunderstorm warnings across Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

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IN ALABAMA
Thunderstorms are near Hamilton and DOuble Springs in Northwest Alabama. There are not strong, but there is lightning and brief heavy rain.

Confirmed Tornado Heading Toward Lincoln NE

| 5:25 pm May 11, 2014

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A supercell thunderstorm along the warm front in Nebraska is producing a confirmed tornado about 30 miles west southwest of Lincoln NE late this afternoon.

It is very near Beaver Crossing right now.

It is moving ENE at 25-30 mph and could affect parts of Lincoln within the hour.

ALABAMA UPDATE
Showers continue in the Birmingham area at this hour, generally along and west of I-65 from Bessemer to Fultondale to a large cell near Warrior /Smoke Rise. Others are north of Tuscaloosa right now.

Heavy showers over West Alabama are over Sumter, Greene and Hale Counties. Here is a current radar:

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