Drought Information Statement
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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmngham AL
910 AM CDT Thu Apr 12 2018

... DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSIST IN SOUTHEAST SECTIONS OF CENTRAL
ALABAMA ...

SYNOPSIS...The latest U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that moderate
drought conditions persist from southeast Lowndes, southern
Montgomery and Pike counties east to Russell and northern Barbour
counties. Remaining areas in Central Alabama are indicated to be
either Abnormally Dry or Normal.

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...

Near to a little below normal rainfall occurred over most of Central
Alabama during the past two weeks.  Cumulative rainfall varied from
an inch and a half to three inches in most areas...with some
localized higher totals. Many locations continue to run below normal
for the year to date...with the biggest departures continuing to be
found in the extreme southeast sections. This has helped maintain
the moderate drought conditions in southeastern Central Alabama.

Some precipitation amounts (inches) for Central Alabama from January
1st through April 11th...

Birmingham  14.98
Montgomery  12.83
Anniston    15.30
Tuscaloosa  17.22
Calera      16.00
Troy         8.64

Normal Precipitation expected (inches) and Departure from Normal
(inches) January 1st through April 11th...

Birmingham  16.27  -1.29
Montgomery  17.60  -4.77
Anniston    16.10  -0.80
Tuscaloosa  16.80  +0.42
Calera      16.98  -0.98
Troy        16.92  -8.28

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...

There are not any known widespread acrigultural problems at this
time due to the current drought conditions. Information from the
USDA indicates that planting of corn, tomatoes and other summer
vegetable crops has begun.  Frequent rain and late season frosts
have delayed fieldwork in some areas. In general, cattle, pastures
and winter wheat are reported to be in fair to good condition.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

The Fire Danger Risk has changed little across Central Alabama
with Keetch-Byram Drought Indices (KBDI) currently varying from at
or below 100 in some areas to between 100 and 200, mostly in the
southeastern sections. Values above 500 indicate a Severe Fire
Danger.

The Alabama Forestry Commission reports that around twenty wild
fires have occurred during the past week. 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.


HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

The latest USGS Stream Gauge Data indicates that stream flows are
currently running below normal across much of Central Alabama...
although most streams in the western third of the area are near
normal. Periodic rainfall will be needed for stream flows to return
to near normal or above normal levels as we move through the spring
season.

Most of the major reservoir pool levels are near their rule guide
and have remained fairly steady or are gradually increasing as
operators raise them toward their summer pool levels. Listed below
are current levels for some of the major reservoirs across Central
Alabama and those from March 29th.

RESERVOIR            LEVEL FOR 04/12/18     LEVEL FOR 03/29/18

Weiss                       563.8                   562.5
Neely Henry                 506.6                   506.9
Logan Martin                461.8                   461.8
Lay                         395.8                   395.7
Mitchell                    312.0                   312.2
Jordan                      251.4                   251.5
R.L. Harris                 787.6                   787.0
Martin                      488.9                   487.5
Smith                       509.8                   509.7
Bankhead                    254.9                   254.3
Holt                        186.2                   186.2

SOCIAL IMPACTS...

Reservoir levels are near their rule guide in most locations and
are gradually being raised toward their summer pool levels. There
are no known mandatory water restrictions currently in effect.
However normal water conservation methods are encouraged to be
followed in the event that the drought conditions persist or worsen
during the next few weeks.

PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

High pressure was bringing dry conditions to the area today and
this should persist through Friday. However...by late Friday night
into Saturday a storm system will approach the area from the west
and bring increasing chances for some significant rainfall to the
area. A cold front associated with this storm system will move east
of the area on Sunday...bringing cooler and drier conditions back to
Central Alabama during the first part of next week.  Cumulative
rainfall totals through next Wednesday are forecast to average
between one and three inches...with localized amounts over four
inches possible.

The Two Week Outlook...from April 17th through April 25th...calls
for below normal temperatures transitioning to near normal and below
normal precipitation chances transitioning to above normal chances.

The Longer-Range Outlook for May through July is for above normal
temperatures and equal chances of above normal, near normal and
below normal precipitation.

The latest Seasonal Drought Outlook through June indicates that
drought conditions are likely to persist in the southeast areas of
Central Alabama still experiencing them.

UPDATE STATEMENT...

The mext statement will be issued around Thursday April 26th.



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