More than 50 Percent of Ala. Under Extreme Drought Conditions

UNDATED, Ala. (AP) - More than fifty-percent of Alabama is now
under extreme drought conditions.

The U-S Geological Survey Drought Monitor report shows virtually all the state affected by dry conditions. In late March, only four-percent of Alabama was considered in extreme drought.

In the northern section of the state, the drought line runs north of a line from Livingston to Clanton to Ranburne. The rest of central Alabama is under lesser, but still, serious drought conditions.

Normally, May brings 4-to-5 includes of rain to the area. So far, there has been a half-an-inch or less in most areas. A few areas of Tuscaloosa and Jefferson counties have seen around one inch this month. For the year, most areas have seen less than 50-percent of normal rainfall.

Forecasters aren't providing much hope of relief in long terms forecasts this summer.

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