Two-thirds of State Under Extreme Drought

UNDATED, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. Drought Monitor report has updated the drought survey for Alabama and two-thirds of the state is now under extreme drought.

That represents about 60 percent of the state and is 4 percent more than last week.

There is a higher stage and that is a devastating D-4 classification.

Mark Svoboda, a climatologist at the National Dought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, says some areas of Alabama are on the edge of entering D-4.

He said heavy, tropical rains are about the only thing that will provide relief.

Svobada said the current drought has been remarkable because it set in solidly since the first of the year and he said it began in parts of the country around 1995.

He also said conditions in the Southeast are very extreme and a once in a 20 year event.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service said the first half of 2007 is one of the driest on record for central Alabama.

In the Tennessee Valley region, forecasters said May was the second driest on record in Huntsville and the second-driest spring in Muscle Shoals.

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