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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMNGHAM AL  
10 AM CDT THU APR 26 2018  
 
... DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSIST IN SOUTHEAST SECTIONS OF CENTRAL  
ALABAMA ...  
 
SYNOPSIS...THE LATEST U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR INDICATES THAT MODERATE  
DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSIST FROM SOUTHEAST MONTGOMERY AND NORTHERN  
PIKE COUNTIES EAST ACROSS BULLOCK AND EXTREME SOUTHERN MACON  
COUNTIES. REMAINING AREAS IN CENTRAL ALABAMA ARE INDICATED TO BE  
EITHER ABNORMALLY DRY OR NORMAL.  
 
THE DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFIES DROUGHT WITHIN ONE OF THESE FIVE  
CATEGORIES:  
 
D0...ABNORMALLY DRY  
D1...MODERATE DROUGHT  
D2...SEVERE DROUGHT  
D3...EXTREME DROUGHT  
D4...EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT  
 
CLIMATE SUMMARY...  
 
BENEFICIAL RAINFALL OCCURRED ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL ALABAMA DURING  
THE PAST TWO WEEKS. CUMULATIVE RAINFALL AMOUNTS VARIED FROM THREE  
TO SIX INCHES WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER TOTALS OVER MUCH OF THE  
NORTHWESTERN HALF OF THE AREA...AND FROM TWO TO FOUR INCHES OVER THE  
SOUTHEASTERN HALF. MANY LOCATIONS CONTINUE TO RUN BELOW NORMAL FOR  
THE YEAR TO DATE IN THE SOUTHEASTERN SECTIONS...BUT ELSEWHERE MOST  
AREAS HAVE RETURNED TO NEAR OR ABOVE NORMAL AMOUNTS. THIS HAS  
MAINTAINED THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN SOUTHEASTERN CENTRAL  
ALABAMA...BUT MOST OTHER AREAS ARE NOW CLASSIFIED AS NORMAL BY THE  
DROUGHT MONITOR.  
 
SOME PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS (INCHES) FOR CENTRAL ALABAMA FROM JANUARY  
1ST THROUGH APRIL 25TH...  
 
BIRMINGHAM 20.61  
MONTGOMERY 15.52  
ANNISTON 17.48  
TUSCALOOSA 12.71  
CALERA 22.08  
TROY 11.47  
 
NORMAL PRECIPITATION EXPECTED (INCHES) AND DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL  
(INCHES) JANUARY 1ST THROUGH APRIL 25TH...  
 
BIRMINGHAM 18.26 +2.35  
MONTGOMERY 19.35 -3.83  
ANNISTON 17.99 -0.51  
TUSCALOOSA 18.75 +3.96  
CALERA 18.83 +3.25  
TROY 18.73 -7.26  
 
AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...  
 
THERE ARE NOT ANY KNOWN WIDESPREAD AGRICULTURAL PROBLEMS AT THIS  
TIME DUE TO THE CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS. INFORMATION FROM THE  
USDA INDICATES THAT PLANTING OF CORN, TOMATOES AND OTHER SUMMER  
VEGETABLE CROPS CONTINUES. COOL DAMP CONDITIONS AND LATE SEASON  
FROSTS HAVE SLOWED PLANTING IN SOME AREAS AND HAVE CAUSED WARM  
SEASON FORGAGES TO BE SLOW IN GREENING UP. IN GENERAL, CATTLE,  
PASTURES AND WINTER WHEAT ARE REPORTED TO BE IN FAIR TO GOOD  
CONDITION.  
 
FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...  
 
THE FIRE DANGER RISK IS FAIRLY LOW ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA WITH  
KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDICES (KBDI) CURRENTLY RUNNING AT OR BELOW  
100 IN MOST AREAS. VALUES ABOVE 500 INDICATE A SEVERE FIRE DANGER.  
 
THE ALABAMA FORESTRY COMMISSION REPORTS THAT AROUND TWENTY FIVE WILD  
FIRES HAVE OCCURRED DURING THE PAST WEEK. DESPITE THE FACT THAT  
THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO BURN BANS ISSUED BY THE ALABAMA FORESTRY  
COMMISSION, THE STATE FORESTER CONTINUES TO URGE PEOPLE THAT ARE  
DOING ANY OUTSIDE BURNING TO FOLLOW SAFETY PRECAUTIONS SUCH AS NOT  
LEAVING ANY FIRE UNATTENDED AND HAVING THE PROPER EQUIPMENT AND  
PERSONNEL TO CONTROL THE FIRE.  
 
HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...  
 
THE LATEST USGS STREAM GAUGE DATA INDICATES THAT STREAM FLOWS ARE  
CURRENTLY RUNNING NEAR OR ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS MOST OF CENTRAL  
ALABAMA. PERIODIC RAINFALL WILL BE NEEDED FOR STREAM FLOWS TO REMAIN  
AT NEAR OR ABOVE NORMAL LEVELS AS WE CONTINUE THROUGH THE SPRING  
SEASON.  
 
MOST OF THE MAJOR RESERVOIR POOL LEVELS CONTINUE TO GRADUALLY  
APPROACH THEIR NORMAL SUMMER POOL LEVELS. LISTED BELOW ARE CURRENT  
LEVELS FOR SOME OF THE MAJOR RESERVOIRS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA AND  
THOSE FROM APRIL 12TH.  
 
RESERVOIR LEVEL FOR 04/26/18 LEVEL FOR 04/12/18  
 
WEISS 563.8 563.8  
NEELY HENRY 506.8 506.6  
LOGAN MARTIN 462.8 461.8  
LAY 395.3 395.8  
MITCHELL 311.3 312.0  
JORDAN 251.2 251.4  
R.L. HARRIS 791.5 787.6  
MARTIN 489.4 488.9  
SMITH 514.1 509.8  
BANKHEAD 254.6 254.9  
HOLT 186.9 186.2  
 
SOCIAL IMPACTS...  
 
RESERVOIR LEVELS ARE GRADUALLY APPROACHING THEIR NORMAL SUMMER POOL  
LEVELS. THERE ARE NO KNOWN MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS CURRENTLY IN  
EFFECT. HOWEVER NORMAL WATER CONSERVATION METHODS ARE ENCOURAGED TO  
BE FOLLOWED IN THE EVENT THAT THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSIST OR  
WORSEN DURING THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.  
 
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...  
 
AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WAS BRINGING RAIN TO CENTRAL ALABAMA TODAY.  
HOWEVER THE RAIN WILL BE MOVING OUT OF THE STATE BY TONIGHT AND  
BEHIND IT DRY WEATHER IS EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD THE AREA. MOSTLY DRY  
CONDITIONS ARE THEN FORECAST ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA INTO THE FIRST  
HALF OF NEXT WEEK. CUMULATIVE RAINFALL TOTALS THROUGH NEXT WEDNESDAY  
ARE FORECAST TO AVERAGE BETWEEN ONE AND TWO INCHES ACROSS THE AREA.  
 
THE TWO WEEK OUTLOOK...FROM MAY 1ST THROUGH MAY 9TH...CALLS FOR  
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION.  
 
THE LONGER-RANGE OUTLOOK FOR THE REMAINDER OF MAY THROUGH JULY IS  
FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE NORMAL,  
NEAR NORMAL AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.  
 
THE LATEST SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK THROUGH JUNE INDICATES THAT  
DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO END IN AREAS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING  
THEM.  
 
UPDATE STATEMENT...  
 
THE MEXT STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED AROUND THURSDAY MAY 10TH.  
 
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