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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL  
955 AM CDT THU JUNE 8 2017  
   
.. DROUGHT CONDITIONS ALMOST GONE IN CENTRAL ALABAMA
 
 
SYNOPSIS...THE LATEST U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR INDICATES THAT THE  
DROUGHT CONDITIONS THAT HAVE PERSISTED ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA ARE  
ALMOST GONE. MODERATE DROUGHT IS NOW FOUND ONLY IN THE EXTREME  
SOUTHERN PORTION OF FAYETTE COUNTY AND WESTERN PORTION OF MARION  
COUNTY. ELSEWHERE ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS  
ARE NOW FOUND FROM WALKER COUNTY AND THE NORTHERN SECTIONS OF  
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY NORTHWEST TO THE MISSISSIPPI STATE LINE...AND OVER  
PORTIONS OF RUSSELL COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA. ELSEWHERE  
CONDITIONS ARE NEAR NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.  
 
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...  
 
SEVERAL EPISODES OF RAINFALL OCCURRED DURING THE PAST WEEK AS A  
SERIES OF WEAK FRONTS...UPPER AIR DISTURBANCES AND A MOIST UNSTABLE  
AIR MASS COMBINED TO PRODUCE AN UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN ACROSS THE  
AREA. RAINFALL TOTALS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA AVERAGED ONE TO THREE  
INCHES OVER MOST OF THE AREA...BUT LOCALIZED HIGHER TOTALS UP TO  
FIVE INCHES OCCURRED. THIS HELPED FURTHER EASE THE DROUGHT  
CONDITIONS THAT HAVE PLAGUED THE AREA DURING THE PAST SEVERAL  
MONTHS...WITH MOST STREAM FLOWS IN THE AREA CURRENTLY ABOVE NORMAL  
FOR THE TIME OF YEAR.  
 
SOME PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS (INCHES) FOR CENTRAL ALABAMA FROM JANUARY  
1ST THROUGH JUNE 7TH...  
 
BIRMINGHAM 30.04  
MONTGOMERY 36.87  
ANNISTON 26.30  
TUSCALOOSA 27.45  
CALERA 32.36  
TROY 34.77  
 
NORMAL PRECIPITATION EXPECTED (INCHES)AND DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL  
(INCHES) JANUARY 1ST THROUGH JUNE 7TH...  
 
BIRMINGHAM 24.96 +5.08  
MONTGOMERY 24.25 +12.62  
ANNISTON 23.84 +2.46  
TUSCALOOSA 24.45 +3.00  
CALERA 25.08 +7.28  
TROY 23.90 +10.87  
 
AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...  
 
THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) REPORTS THAT  
OVERALL CROPS ARE IN FAIRLY GOOD SHAPE ACROSS THE AREA. RAINFALL HAS  
HELPED IMPROVE PASTURES ACROSS THE AREA AND AIDED MANY OF THE CROPS  
THAT HAVE BEEN PLANTED. HOWEVER...THE RECENT WET CONDITIONS HAVE  
HAMPERED THE PLANTING OF CROPS SUCH AS COTTON AND SOYBEANS IN ELMORE  
COUNTY...AND COTTON WILL NEED TO BE REPLANTED IN SOME FIELDS IN  
FAYETTE COUNTY DUE TO SEEDS ALREADY PLANTED ROTTING IN THE MOIST  
SOILS. THE HARVESTING OF PEACHES, STRAWBERRIES AND SOME EARLY SUMMER  
VEGETABLES CONTINUES. PERIODIC RAINFALL WILL BE NEEDED TO MAINTAIN  
THE CROPS AS WE HEAD INTO SUMMER. IN GENERAL THE MAJORITY OF CATTLE  
AND CROPS ARE REPORTED TO BE IN FAIR OR BETTER CONDITION.  
 
FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...  
 
THE FIRE DANGER RISK HAS DIMINISHED ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA WITH  
KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDICES (KBDI) CURRENTLY RANGING FROM 100 TO  
200 IN MOST AREAS WITH LOCALIZED VALUES OF 200 TO 400. VALUES ABOVE  
500 INDICATE A SEVERE FIRE DANGER.  
 
BASED ON INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM THE ALABAMA FORESTRY COMMISSION,  
MANY HARDWOODS AND PINE TREES HAVE DIED DUE TO INFESTATION FROM PINE  
BEETLES AND OTHER PESTS. THIS IS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE DROUGHT  
SINCE IT HAS WEAKENED MANY TREES MAKING THEM MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO  
INSECTS AND DISEASES. ACCORDING TO FORESTRY OFFICIALS, THERE COULD  
BE SIGNIFICANT LOSSES BUT THE EXACT ECONOMIC IMPACTS ARE NOT KNOWN  
AT THIS TIME. 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.  
SUMMER BURNING RESTRICTIONS FOR NON-AGRICULTURAL BURNS HAVE BEEN  
ISSUED BY THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT FROM  
MAY THROUGH OCTOBER FOR THE CENTRAL ALABAMA COUNTIES OF ETOWAH,  
JEFFERSON, MONTGOMERY, RUSSELL, SHELBY AND TALLADEGA.  
 
HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...  
 
THE LATEST USGS STREAM GAUGE DATA INDICATES THAT STREAM FLOWS REMAIN  
ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL ALABAMA FOLLOWING RAINFALL  
DURING THE PAST WEEK. PERIODIC RAINFALL WILL BE NEEDED FOR STREAM  
FLOWS TO REMAIN AT NEAR NORMAL OR ABOVE NORMAL LEVELS AS WE CONTINUE  
THROUGH THE SPRING SEASON INTO SUMMER.  
 
MOST OF THE MAJOR RESERVOIR POOL LEVELS ARE NEAR THEIR NORMAL SUMMER  
FULL POOL LEVELS AND HAVE REMAINED FAIRLY STEADY DURING THE PAST  
WEEK. LISTED BELOW ARE CURRENT LEVELS FOR SOME OF THE MAJOR  
RESERVOIRS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA AND THOSE FROM JUNE 1ST.  
 
RESERVOIR LEVEL FOR 06/08/17 LEVEL FOR 06/01/17  
 
WEISS 563.9 563.9  
NEELY HENRY 507.4 507.8  
LOGAN MARTIN 464.8 464.8  
LAY 395.5 395.5  
MITCHELL 311.5 311.8  
JORDAN 251.6 251.5  
R.L. HARRIS 793.0 793.0  
MARTIN 489.5 489.6  
SMITH 509.9 509.9  
BANKHEAD 255.0 254.7  
HOLT 186.7 186.7  
 
SOCIAL IMPACTS...  
 
RESERVOIR LEVELS ARE NEAR THEIR FULL SUMMER POOL LEVELS AS A RESULT  
OF OUR SPRING RAINFALL. ALTHOUGH A FEW MOSTLY VOLUNTARY WATER  
RESTRICTIONS MAY STILL BE IN EFFECT MOST WATER RESTRICTIONS HAVE  
BEEN LIFTED BY LOCAL WATER BOARDS AND OPERATIONS HAVE RETURNED TO  
NORMAL.  
 
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...  
 
AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WAS SPREADING COOLER AND DRIER AIR ACROSS  
CENTRAL ALABAMA TODAY...AND EXCEPT FOR A CHANCE OF ISOLATED SHOWERS  
IN THE NORTHEAST SECTIONS THIS AFTERNOON...MOSTLY DRY WEATHER WILL  
PREVAIL THROUGH SATURDAY. A SOUTHERLY FLOW OF AIR WILL RETURN TO THE  
AREA ON SUNDAY AND WILL BRING SOME CHANCE FOR SHOWERS BACK TO THE  
SOUTHERN SECTIONS. BETTER CHANCES WILL RETURN TO ALL OF THE AREA ON  
MONDAY AND TUESDAY AS THE SOUTHERLY WIND FLOW CONTINUES TO ADVECT  
MORE MOISTURE OVER THE AREA. CUMULATIVE RAINFALL TOTALS THROUGH NEXT  
WEDNESDAY ARE EXPECTED TO AVERAGE LESS THAN AN INCH ACROSS CENTRAL  
ALABAMA.  
 
THE TWO WEEK OUTLOOK...FROM JUNE 13TH THROUGH JUNE 21ST...CALLS FOR  
NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES TRANSITIONING TO BELOW NORMAL  
TEMPERATURES...AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION CHANCES.  
 
THE LONGER-RANGE OUTLOOK FOR THE REMAINDER OF JUNE THROUGH AUGUST IS  
FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE NORMAL...  
NEAR NORMAL OR BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.  
 
THE LATEST SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK THROUGH AUGUST INDICATES THAT  
DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO IMPROVE WITH DROUGHT REMOVAL  
EXPECTED IN AREAS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING THESE CONDITIONS.  
 
UPDATE STATEMENT...  
 
THIS WILL BE THE LAST STATEMENT ISSUED UNTIL SEVERE DROUGHT OR  
GREATER RETURNS TO THE AREA.  
 
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