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AXUS74 KMOB 012117  
DGTMOB  
ALZ051>060-261>266-FLZ201>206-MSZ067-075-076-078-079-020930-  
 
DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL  
317 PM CST THU DEC 1 2022  
 
...DROUGHT REMAINS SEVERE ACROSS MUCH OF THE WESTERN FLORIDA  
PANHANDLE AND A SMALL PORTION OF SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...  
 
SYNOPSIS...MODERATE TO SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE FOCUSED MAINLY  
EAST OF THE ALABAMA RIVER AND ALONG AND SOUTH OF U.S. HIGHWAY 84.  
SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE FOCUSED ALONG AND SOUTHEAST OF A LINE  
FROM GULF SHORES ALABAMA, TO CENTURY FLORIDA, TO OPP ALABAMA. FOR  
THE REMAINDER OF THE AREA, ABNORMALLY DRY TO NO DROUGHT CONDITIONS  
EXIST. SOME IMPROVEMENT HAS OCCURRED WEST OF THE ALABAMA RIVER AND  
NORTH OF U.S. HIGHWAY 84 DUE TO RECENT RAINFALL.  
 
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...TWO MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL EVENTS OVER THE LAST  
WEEK HAVE BROUGHT WIDESPREAD 2 TO 5 INCHES OF RAINFALL ACROSS MUCH OF  
THE AREA, WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS UP 7 INCHES. UNFORTUNATELY, THE  
EXCEPTION IS ACROSS THE SEVERE DROUGHT AREA THAT RECEIVED LESS THAN 2  
INCHES OF RAINFALL. RAINFALL DEFICITS SINCE SEPTEMBER 1ST HAVE IMPROVED,  
BUT REMAIN BELOW CLIMATOLOGICAL NORMALS THROUGH LATE NOVEMBER. THE  
RAINFALL DEFICITS ACROSS THE SEVERE DROUGHT AREA REMAIN 6 TO 10 INCHES  
BELOW NORMAL. ELSEWHERE, RAINFALL DEFICITS RANGE FROM 2 TO 5 INCHES  
BELOW NORMAL.  
 
THE FOLLOWING IS A LISTING OF OBSERVED PRECIPITATION AGAINST  
CLIMATOLOGICAL NORMALS AND RESULTANT DEPARTURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1ST  
TO NOVEMBER 30TH:  
 
STATION OBSERVED NORMAL DEPARTURE  
 
MOBILE AL (ASOS) 10.71 13.85 -3.14  
PENSACOLA FL (ASOS) 6.06 15.73 -9.67  
LEAKESVILLE, MS 6WSW (COOP) 9.98 12.76 -2.78  
BREWTON AL 3ENE(COOP) 5.58 15.18 -9.60  
DAUPHIN ISLAND AL (COOP) 7.87 12.62 -4.75  
JACKSON AL (COOP) 10.90 12.47 -1.57  
CRESTVIEW FL (ASOS) 6.53 13.42 -6.89  
EVERGREEN AL (ASOS) 9.78 12.12 -2.34  
NICEVILLE FL (COOP) 7.61 16.54 -8.93  
WAYNESBORO MS 2W (COOP) 8.67 11.86 -3.19  
 
AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...LOCAL DROUGHT CONTINUES TO RESULT IN A HIGH  
IMPACT TO GRASSLANDS AND AGRICULTURE. PERSISTENTLY DRY CONDITIONS  
ARE TAKING ITS TOLL ON WINTER CROPS WITH CROP MOISTURE INDEX VALUES  
CONTINUING TO BE VERY LOW. THIS CAN RESULT IN CROP YIELDS TO BE  
SEVERELY CUT OR IN SOME CASES RUINED ESPECIALLY IN SEVERE DROUGHT  
AREAS. FOR THE WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 27TH, THE LATEST INFORMATION  
FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) SHOWS A SLIGHT WORSENING  
IN TOPSOIL MOISTURE IN FLORIDA AT 17% DEFICIENT. THIS IS AN INCREASE  
IN DEFICIENCY BY 1% SINCE THE PREVIOUS WEEK. ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI  
BOTH SHOW AN IMPROVEMENT IN TOPSOIL MOISTURE. THE TOPSOIL MOISTURE IN  
ALABAMA IS AT 39% DEFICIENT. THIS IS A DECREASE IN DEFICIENCY BY 9%  
SINCE THE PREVIOUS WEEK. THE TOPSOIL MOISTURE IN MISSISSIPPI IS AT 16%  
DEFICIENT. THIS IS A DECREASE IN DEFICIENCY BY 12% SINCE THE PREVIOUS  
WEEK.  
 
FOR THE WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 27TH, THE LATEST INFORMATION FROM THE US  
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) SHOWS A SLIGHT WORSENING IN SUBSOIL  
MOISTURE IN FLORIDA AT 20% DEFICIENT. THIS IS AN INCREASE IN DEFICIENCY  
BY 1% SINCE THE PREVIOUS WEEK. THE SUBSOIL MOISTURE IN ALABAMA SHOWS  
WORSENING CONDITIONS AT 53% DEFICIENT. THIS IS AN INCREASE IN DEFICIENCY  
BY 6% SINCE THE PREVIOUS WEEK. THE TOPSOIL MOISTURE IN MISSISSIPPI SHOWS  
IMPROVING CONDITIONS AT 20% DEFICIENT. THIS IS A DECREASE IN DEFICIENCY  
BY 10% SINCE THE PREVIOUS WEEK.  
 
FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...OLD DOWNED TIMBER AND VERY DRY UNDERBRUSH IN AREA  
FORESTS ALONG WITH DRY GRASSLANDS POSE AN INCREASED CONCERN FOR WILDFIRE.  
IN THE SEVERE DROUGHT AREAS OF THE WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE, THE LATEST  
INFORMATION ON DECEMBER 1ST BY THE FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE INDICATES THERE  
IS MODERATE FIRE DANGER RISK. PLEASE SEE THESE LINKS FOR THE MOST UP TO  
DATE INFORMATION FOR EACH STATE REGARDING ANY BURN BANS AND ADVISORIES:  
 
ALABAMA: FORESTRY.ALABAMA.GOV  
FLORIDA: FDACS.GOV/DIVISIONS-OFFICES/FLORIDA-FOREST-SERVICE  
MISSISSIPPI: MFC.MS.GOV  
 
HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...AS PERSISTENT, SEVERE DROUGHT HOLDS  
OVER THE WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE, THERE REMAINS ONE STREAMFLOW THAT  
CONTINUES TO RUN BELOW NORMAL. THE LATEST INFORMATION ON DECEMBER 1ST  
BY THE USGS IS PROVIDED BELOW.  
 
RIVER/STREAM POINT DISCHARGE(CFS) STAGE(FT) %CLASS/RATING  
 
ELEVEN MILE CREEK 37.7 5.2 19, BELOW NORMAL  
 
FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE LOCAL AREA, STREAMFLOWS ARE RUNNING NEAR OR  
ABOVE 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...LOOKING AHEAD, THE LONGER RANGE OUTLOOK  
INDICATES NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE  
CENTRAL GULF COAST.  
 
UPDATE STATEMENT...THE NEXT STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED AROUND THURSDAY  
DECEMBER 8TH.  
 

 
 
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