309  
AXUS74 KMOB 221834  
DGTMOB  
ALZ051>060-261>266-FLZ201>206-MSZ067-075-076-078-079-260000-  
 
DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL  
1234 PM CST THU DEC 22 2022  
   
..DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE EASED OVER THE CENTRAL GULF COAST
 
 
SYNOPSIS...THE LATEST U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR INDICATES THAT DROUGHT  
SEVERITY HAS EASED WITH SEVERE DROUGHT NOW MORE FOCUSED TO THE EAST  
OF THE LOCAL AREA, OVER THE CENTRAL FLORIDA PANHANDLE. MODERATE  
DROUGHT IS INDICATED FOR AREAS EAST OF I-65 AND ALONG A NARROW STRIP  
OF THE US HIGHWAY 84 CORRIDOR. ELSEWHERE, THERE ARE NOW ONLY POCKETS  
OF ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS.  
 
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...A WAVE OF SURFACE LOW PRESSURE THAT TRACKED SLOWLY  
EASTWARD OVER THE NORTHERN GULF ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY DECEMBER 19TH  
AND 20TH BROUGHT MODERATE RAINS TO CENTRAL GULF COAST RANGING FROM 1  
TO 3 INCHES. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL DEPARTURES, 7 TO 10  
INCHES BELOW NORMAL SINCE SEPTEMBER 1ST, CONTINUE TO REMAIN OVER THE  
WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE WHICH IS IN MODERATE DROUGHT.  
 
THE FOLLOWING IS A LISTING OF OBSERVED PRECIPITATION AGAINST  
CLIMATOLOGICAL NORMALS AND RESULTANT DEPARTURES FOR THE MOST RECENT  
FEW MONTHS SPANNING FROM SEPTEMBER 1ST TO DECEMBER 22ND:  
 
STATION OBSERVED NORMAL DEPARTURE  
 
MOBILE AL (ASOS) 13.32 17.34 -4.02  
PENSACOLA FL (ASOS) 9.24 19.37 -10.13  
LEAKESVILLE, MS 6WSW (COOP) 16.02 16.46 -0.44  
JACKSON AL (COOP) 15.73 15.95 -0.22  
CRESTVIEW FL (ASOS) 9.26 16.68 -7.42  
EVERGREEN AL (ASOS) 12.63 15.52 -2.89  
NICEVILLE FL (COOP) 10.48 20.30 -9.82  
WAYNESBORO MS 2W (COOP) 12.41 15.76 -3.35  
 
THE FOLLOWING IS A LISTING OF OBSERVED PRECIPITATION AGAINST  
CLIMATOLOGICAL NORMALS AND RESULTANT DEPARTURES FOR 2022 YEAR TO DATE  
THROUGH DECEMBER 22ND:  
 
STATION OBSERVED NORMAL DEPARTURE  
 
MOBILE AL (ASOS) 62.18 64.93 -2.75  
PENSACOLA FL (ASOS) 65.89 65.34 +0.55  
LEAKESVILLE, MS 6WSW (COOP) 65.78 61.70 +4.08  
JACKSON AL (COOP) 60.71 58.17 +2.54  
CRESTVIEW FL (ASOS) 52.79 61.93 -9.14  
EVERGREEN AL (ASOS) 53.05 53.33 -0.28  
NICEVILLE FL (COOP) 62.78 71.44 -8.66  
WAYNESBORO MS 2W (COOP) 65.39 57.94 +7.45  
 
AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...NO LOCAL IMPACTS BEING REPORTED.  
 
FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...DECAYED TIMBER AND VERY DRY UNDERBRUSH IN AREA  
FORESTS ALONG WITH DRY GRASSLANDS POSE AN INCREASED CONCERN FOR FIRE  
AS THESE CONDITIONS PROVIDE A SOURCE OF FUEL FOR WILDFIRE GROWTH.  
PLEASE SEE THE LINKS BELOW FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION FOR  
EACH STATE REGARDING ANY BURN BANS AND/OR ADVISORIES:  
 
ALABAMA: FORESTRY.ALABAMA.GOV  
FLORIDA: FDACS.GOV/DIVISIONS-OFFICES/FLORIDA-FOREST-SERVICE  
MISSISSIPPI: MFC.MS.GOV  
 
HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...ONLY ONE STREAM POINT OVER THE  
WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE IS SEEING BELOW NORMAL STREAM FLOW. LATEST  
INFORMATION ON IT BY THE USGS DECEMBER 22ND IS LISTED BELOW. THE  
REMAINDER OF LOCAL AREA RIVER AND STREAM POINTS INDICATE AT OR ABOVE  
NORMAL STREAM FLOW.  
 
FLORIDA  
 
RIVER/STREAM POINT DISCHARGE(CFS) STAGE(FT) %CLASS/RATING  
 
ELEVEN MILE CREEK 33.1 5.15 10, BELOW NORMAL  
 
SOCIETAL IMPACTS...WATER CONSERVATION TECHNIQUES ARE ENCOURAGED TO  
BE FOLLOWED IN DROUGHT AREAS. INCREASE IN AIR-BORNE ALLERGENS LIKELY  
TO CREATE PROBLEMS FOR RESPIRATORY SENSITIVE GROUPS.  
 
PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK...A STRONG, ARCTIC FRONT MAKES PASSAGE DURING  
THE EVENING DECEMBER 22ND AND DRYS THINGS OUT. AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF  
DRY WEATHER LOOKS TO CONTINUE THROUGH DECEMBER 28TH. THE NEXT  
SIGNIFICANT CHANCE OF RAIN APPEARS TO RETURN TO THE GULF COAST BY THE  
NEW YEAR HOLIDAY WEEKEND.  
 
UPDATE STATEMENT...THIS WILL BE THE FINAL STATEMENT UNLESS DROUGHT  
SEVERITY WORSENS AND EXPANDS TO SEVERE LEVELS.  
 
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