Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Birmingham, AL

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
955 AM CDT THU JUNE 8 2017

... DROUGHT CONDITIONS ALMOST GONE IN CENTRAL ALABAMA ...

SYNOPSIS...The latest U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that the
drought conditions that have persisted across Central Alabama are
almost gone. Moderate drought is now found only in the extreme
southern portion of Fayette County and western portion of Marion
County. Elsewhere across Central Alabama Abnormally Dry conditions
are now found from Walker County and the northern sections of
Tuscaloosa County northwest to the Mississippi state line...and over
portions of Russell County in Southeast Alabama. Elsewhere
conditions are near normal for this time of year.

The Drought Monitor classifies drought within one of these five
categories:

D0...Abnormally Dry
D1...Moderate Drought
D2...Severe Drought
D3...Extreme Drought
D4...Exceptional Drought

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

Several episodes of rainfall occurred during the past week as a
series of weak fronts...upper air disturbances and a moist unstable
air mass combined to produce an unsettled weather pattern across the
area. Rainfall totals across Central Alabama averaged one to three
inches over most of the area...but localized higher totals up to
five inches occurred. This helped further ease the drought
conditions that have plagued the area during the past several
months...with most stream flows in the area currently above normal
for the time of year.

Some precipitation amounts (inches) for Central Alabama from January
1st through June 7th...

Birmingham   30.04
Montgomery   36.87
Anniston     26.30
Tuscaloosa   27.45
Calera       32.36
Troy         34.77

Normal Precipitation expected (inches)and Departure from Normal
(inches) January 1st through June 7th...

Birmingham   24.96  +5.08
Montgomery   24.25  +12.62
Anniston     23.84  +2.46
Tuscaloosa   24.45  +3.00
Calera       25.08  +7.28
Troy         23.90  +10.87

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that
overall crops are in fairly good shape across the area. Rainfall has
helped improve pastures across the area and aided many of the crops
that have been planted. However...the recent wet conditions have
hampered the planting of crops such as cotton and soybeans in Elmore
County...and cotton will need to be replanted in some fields in
Fayette County due to seeds already planted rotting in the moist
soils. The harvesting of peaches, strawberries and some early summer
vegetables continues. Periodic rainfall will be needed to maintain
the crops as we head into summer. In general the majority of cattle
and crops are reported to be in fair or better condition.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

The Fire Danger Risk has diminished across Central Alabama with
Keetch-Byram Drought Indices (KBDI) currently ranging from 100 to
200 in most areas with localized values of 200 to 400. Values above
500 indicate a Severe Fire Danger.

Based on information received from the Alabama Forestry Commission,
many hardwoods and pine trees have died due to infestation from pine
beetles and other pests. This is a direct result of the drought
since it has weakened many trees making them more susceptible to
insects and diseases. According to forestry officials, there could
be significant losses but the exact economic impacts are not known
at this time. Despite the fact that there are currently no burn bans
issued by the Alabama Forestry Commission, the State Forester
continues to urge people that are doing any outside burning to
follow safety precautions such as not leaving any fire unattended
and having the proper equipment and personnel to control the fire.
Summer Burning Restrictions for non-agricultural burns have been
issued by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management from
May through October for the Central Alabama Counties of Etowah,
Jefferson, Montgomery, Russell, Shelby and Talladega.


HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

The latest USGS Stream Gauge Data indicates that stream flows remain
above normal across much of Central Alabama following rainfall
during the past week. Periodic rainfall will be needed for stream
flows to remain at near normal or above normal levels as we continue
through the spring season into summer.

Most of the major reservoir pool levels are near their normal summer
full pool levels and have remained fairly steady during the past
week. Listed below are current levels for some of the major
reservoirs across Central Alabama and those from June 1st.

RESERVOIR            LEVEL FOR 06/08/17     LEVEL FOR 06/01/17

Weiss                       563.9                   563.9
Neely Henry                 507.4                   507.8
Logan Martin                464.8                   464.8
Lay                         395.5                   395.5
Mitchell                    311.5                   311.8
Jordan                      251.6                   251.5
R.L. Harris                 793.0                   793.0
Martin                      489.5                   489.6
Smith                       509.9                   509.9
Bankhead                    255.0                   254.7
Holt                        186.7                   186.7

SOCIAL IMPACTS...

Reservoir levels are near their full summer pool levels as a result
of our spring rainfall. Although a few mostly voluntary water
restrictions may still be in effect most water restrictions have
been lifted by local water boards and operations have returned to
normal.

PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

An upper level trough was spreading cooler and drier air across
Central Alabama today...and except for a chance of isolated showers
in the northeast sections this afternoon...mostly dry weather will
prevail through Saturday. A southerly flow of air will return to the
area on Sunday and will bring some chance for showers back to the
southern sections. Better chances will return to all of the area on
Monday and Tuesday as the southerly wind flow continues to advect
more moisture over the area. Cumulative rainfall totals through next
Wednesday are expected to average less than an inch across Central
Alabama.

The Two Week Outlook...from June 13th through June 21st...calls for
near to above normal temperatures transitioning to below normal
temperatures...and above normal precipitation chances.

The Longer-Range Outlook for the remainder of June through August is
for above normal temperatures and equal chances for above normal...
near normal or below normal precipitation.

The latest Seasonal Drought Outlook through August indicates that
drought conditions are expected to improve with drought removal
expected in areas currently experiencing these conditions.

UPDATE STATEMENT...

This will be the last statement issued until Severe Drought or
greater returns to the area.


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