Drought Conditions Actually Increased Over The Past 7 Days

| April 20, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

Over the past 7 days, we have seen a little increase in the drought conditions across Central Alabama, due to the limited amount of rainfall. Only some spotty to generally light rainfall occurred over parts of Central Alabama from isolated and scattered showers and thunderstorms. Most of that rainfall occurred over the northern and western parts of the area, and amounted to less than 1/2 inch.

At this point, most of the area is in abnormally dry up to moderate drought conditions, with a small area including parts of Walker, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, and Fayette counties in severe drought conditions.

Latest USGS stream flow readings are showing that the flows are in a state of decline due to the lack of rainfall, and most streams are already below normal for this time of the year.

Here are a few totals from across the area…

19.32″ (2017) … 17.43″ (avg) … 1.89″ surplus … 11.52″ deficit since 1/1/16

19.86″ (2017) … 18.66″ (avg) … 1.20″ surplus … 10.37″ deficit since 1/1/16

19.26″ (2017) … 17.19″ (avg) … 2.07″ surplus … 15.47″ deficit since 1/1/16

20.60″ (2017) … 17.95″ (avg) … 2.65″ surplus … 12.44″ deficit since 1/1/16

19.83″ (2017) … 18.07″ (avg) … 1.76″ surplus … 15.53″ deficit since 1/1/16

22.66″ (2017) … 18.09″ (avg) … 4.57″ surplus … 9.76″ deficit since 1/1/16

The outlook for rainfall for the next 16 days is not too great as we’ll be entering into a less active weather pattern (according to the GFS). Most locations in the area will receive less than 1 inch of rain, especially south of the I-20 corridor. North of that, some totals could reach up to 1.8 inches to 2 inches. Let’s hope that the GFS is underplaying the weather and we get more than that. We need the rain.

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Scott Martin is a meteorologist, graphic artist, musician, husband, and a father. Scott is a member of the National Weather Association and the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides accurate forecasts for many racing series across the USA.

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