Recent Rain, Snow Provided No Relief from Alabama Drought

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The latest U.S. Drought Monitor Survey showed Alabama wasn't helped by the recent rains and snowfall.

36.7 percent of the state remain under exceptional drought conditions -
the worst on the scale. Its a similar situation across the Southeast - almost 20 percent of the region also is classified under the D-4 conditions.

The Survey noted that the persistence of severe to exceptional drought contributed to numerous wildfires in North Carolina and Virginia.

About 15 percent of Georgia, 16 percent of South Carolina, a whopping 49 percent of North Carolina, and 19 percent of Tennessee are dealing with exceptional drought.

The long range forecast indicates drought conditions will persist at least through April.

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