The U.S. Drought Monitor says most of north Alabama has broken out of a drought that lasted more than two years and a rain surplus is now hitting the area. Improved drought conditions are expected in central Alabama as well, thanks to recent rains.
National Weather Service meteorologist Chelly Amin in Huntsville says a draft of the weekly report to be released Thursday shows that in north Alabama, only DeKalb County in northeast corner of the state will remain in the Drought Monitor's listings.
DeKalb remains abnormally dry, but part of the county bordering Georgia had been classified last week as severe drought.
At the National Weather Service in Birmingham, hydrologist Roger McNeil says he expects the region to show improvement when the new drought map comes out Thursday because most towns have received 3 to 6 inches of rain in the last few days.
Last week, most of central Alabama was classified as abnormally dry or moderate drought. Much of the southern third of Alabama has not been under drought conditions in recent weeks.