It's Official: Much of the Area in a Drought

By: Oscar Fann WTVY-TV meteorologist
By: Oscar Fann WTVY-TV meteorologist

It should come as no big surprise that we are officially in a drought - at least most of the WTVY-TV viewing area is.
The US Drought Monitor in its Aug 3 update has most of south central and southeast Alabama in a short term moderate drought status. Southwest Georgia and the southeast Alabama areas within a few miles of Georgia are in an abnormally dry status. Much of the Florida panhandle north of I-10 and west of the Apalachicola River are also listed as abnormally dry. Only the Florida panhandle south of I-10 is neutral, but generally the closer to the coast you go, the less agricultural products are grown for largescale markets.
It takes several weeks, even months to move into drought status (as recently as March, rivers were nearly full, and the ground was nearly saturated in many areas). A good tropical system could turn this dry situation around rather quickly, and we are just now heading into the heart of the tropical season.
Hopefully, it will be like Tropical Storm Fay in August 2008, which brought several inches of welcomed rainfall and not much wind.


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