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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMNGHAM AL  
832 AM CDT THU JUNE 7 2018  
   
.. DROUGHT CONDITIONS END IN CENTRAL ALABAMA
 
 
SYNOPSIS...THE LATEST U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR INDICATES THAT MODERATE  
DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE NO LONGER FOUND IN CENTRAL ALABAMA.  
ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS ARE STILL FOUND IN ETOWAH, SOUTHERN  
CHEROKEE, CALHOUN AND EXTREME WESTERN CLEBURNE COUNTIES.  
 
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...  
 
RAINFALL TOTALS DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS WERE BENEFICIAL ACROSS  
CENTRAL ALABAMA WITH MANY AREAS RECEIVING FROM THREE TO FIVE INCHES  
WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS. THIS BROUGHT SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT  
TO THE DRY CONDITIONS FOUND ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA AND HAS ENDED THE  
MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS THAT EXISTED TWO WEEKS AGO.  
 
SOME PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS (INCHES) FOR CENTRAL ALABAMA FROM JANUARY  
1ST THROUGH JUNE 6TH...  
 
BIRMINGHAM 29.00  
MONTGOMERY 22.39  
ANNISTON 22.50  
TUSCALOOSA 28.52  
CALERA 30.77  
TROY 15.73  
 
NORMAL PRECIPITATION EXPECTED (INCHES) AND DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL  
(INCHES) JANUARY 1ST THROUGH JUNE 6TH...  
 
BIRMINGHAM 24.82 +4.18  
MONTGOMERY 24.13 -1.74  
ANNISTON 23.71 -1.21  
TUSCALOOSA 24.30 +4.22  
CALERA 24.92 +5.85  
TROY 23.75 -8.02  
 
AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...  
 
THERE ARE NOT ANY KNOWN WIDESPREAD AGRICULTURAL PROBLEMS AT THIS  
TIME DUE TO DRY WEATHER. INFORMATION FROM THE UNITED STATES  
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) INDICATES THAT RECENT RAIN HAS BEEN  
BENEFICIAL FOR CROPS WITH PASTURES IN GENERALLY GOOD SHAPE. THE WET  
CONDITIONS OF THE PAST TWO WEEKS HAS HAMPERED PLANTING TO SOME  
DEGREE. IN GENERAL, MOST CATTLE, PASTURES AND PLANTED CROPS ARE  
REPORTED TO BE IN FAIR OR BETTER CONDITION.  
 
FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...  
 
THE FIRE DANGER RISK HAS REMAINED FAIRLY CONSTANT ACROSS CENTRAL  
ALABAMA WITH KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDICES (KBDI) CURRENTLY RUNNING  
MOSTLY BETWEEN 100 AND 400 WITH LOCALIZED AREAS BELOW 100. VALUES  
ABOVE 500 INDICATE A SEVERE FIRE DANGER.  
 
THE ALABAMA FORESTRY COMMISSION REPORTS THAT NEARLY EIGHTY WILD  
FIRES HAVE OCCURRED DURING THE PAST 30 DAYS. DESPITE THE FACT THAT  
THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO BURN BANS ISSUED BY THE ALABAMA FORESTRY  
COMMISSION, NON-AGRICULTURAL BURNS ARE NOT ALLOWED FROM THE MONTH OF  
MAY THROUGH THE MONTH OF OCTOBER FOR THE FOLLOWING CENTRAL ALABAMA  
COUNTIES: ETOWAH, JEFFERSON, MONTGOMERY, RUSSELL, SHELBY AND  
TALLADEGA. 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 HAVE  
MOSTLY RETURNED TO NEAR OR ABOVE NORMAL LEVELS DUE TO RECENT  
RAINFALL. PERIODIC RAINFALL WILL BE NEEDED FOR STREAM FLOWS TO  
REMAIN AT NEAR OR ABOVE NORMAL LEVELS AS WE CONTINUE INTO THE SUMMER  
SEASON.  
 
MOST OF THE MAJOR RESERVOIR POOL LEVELS REMAIN NEAR THEIR NORMAL  
SUMMER POOL LEVELS. LISTED BELOW ARE CURRENT LEVELS FOR SOME OF THE  
MAJOR RESERVOIRS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA AND THOSE FROM MAY 24TH.  
 
RESERVOIR LEVEL FOR 06/07/18 LEVEL FOR 05/24/18  
 
WEISS 563.8 563.7  
NEELY HENRY 507.9 507.8  
LOGAN MARTIN 464.8 464.9  
LAY 395.7 395.6  
MITCHELL 311.9 311.7  
JORDAN 251.7 251.5  
R.L. HARRIS 792.9 792.9  
MARTIN 489.5 489.4  
SMITH 509.8 509.8  
BANKHEAD 254.8 254.8  
HOLT 186.7 186.4  
 
SOCIAL IMPACTS...  
 
MOST RESERVOIR LEVELS ARE NEAR 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 SUMMER.  
 
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...  
 
A WEAK COLD FRONT WILL PUSH INTO THE AREA TODAY AND CONTINUE SOUTH  
OUT OF CENTRAL ALABAMA BY FRIDAY. THERE WILL BE ENOUGH MOISTURE  
AVAILABLE FOR POSSIBLY SOME ISOLATED SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM  
DEVELOPMENT TODAY AND FRIDAY. BY THIS WEEKEND AN UPPER LEVEL LOW  
PRESSURE SYSTEM IN THE NORTHERN GULF OF MEXICO WILL BEGIN TO LIFT  
SLOWLY NORTHWARD AND BRING A GRADUAL INCREASE OF MOISTURE TO THE  
AREA. THIS WILL RESULT IN A PATTERN OF SCATTERED MOSTLY DIURNAL  
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE WEEKEND AND INTO THE FIRST HALF  
OF NEXT WEEK. CUMULATIVE RAINFALL TOTALS THROUGH NEXT WEDNESDAY ARE  
FORECAST TO GENERALLY AVERAGE AROUND AN INCH OR SO.  
 
THE TWO WEEK OUTLOOK...FROM JUNE 12TH THROUGH JUNE 20TH...CALLS FOR  
NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION.  
 
THE LONGER-RANGE OUTLOOK FOR THE REMAINDER OF JUNE THROUGH AUGUST IS  
FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION.  
 
THE LATEST SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK THROUGH AUGUST INDICATES THAT  
DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE NOT EXPECTED IN CENTRAL ALABAMA.  
 
UPDATE STATEMENT...  
 
THIS WILL BE THE LAST DROUGHT STATEMENT ISSUED FOR CENTRAL ALABAMA  
UNTIL SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT RETURNS TO THE AREA.  
 
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