Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Birmingham, AL

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmngham AL
10 AM CDT Thu Apr 26 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 Montgomery and northern
Pike counties east across Bullock and extreme southern Macon
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...

Beneficial rainfall occurred across much of Central Alabama during
the past two weeks.  Cumulative rainfall amounts varied from three
to six inches with localized higher totals over much of the
northwestern half of the area...and from two to four inches over the
southeastern half. Many locations continue to run below normal for
the year to date in the southeastern sections...but elsewhere most
areas have returned to near or above normal amounts. This has
maintained the drought conditions in southeastern Central
Alabama...but most other areas are now classified as Normal by the
Drought Monitor.

Some precipitation amounts (inches) for Central Alabama from January
1st through April 25th...

Birmingham  20.61
Montgomery  15.52
Anniston    17.48
Tuscaloosa  12.71
Calera      22.08
Troy        11.47

Normal Precipitation expected (inches) and Departure from Normal
(inches) January 1st through April 25th...

Birmingham  18.26  +2.35
Montgomery  19.35  -3.83
Anniston    17.99  -0.51
Tuscaloosa  18.75  +3.96
Calera      18.83  +3.25
Troy        18.73  -7.26

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...

There are not any known widespread agricultural 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 continues.  Cool damp conditions and late season
frosts have slowed planting in some areas and have caused warm
season forgages to be slow in greening up. In general, cattle,
pastures and winter wheat are reported to be in fair to good
condition.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

The Fire Danger Risk is fairly low across Central Alabama with
Keetch-Byram Drought Indices (KBDI) currently running at or below
100 in most areas. Values above 500 indicate a Severe Fire Danger.

The Alabama Forestry Commission reports that around twenty five 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 near or above normal across most of Central
Alabama. Periodic rainfall will be needed for stream flows to remain
at near or above normal levels as we continue through the spring
season.

Most of the major reservoir pool levels continue to gradually
approach their normal summer pool levels. Listed below are current
levels for some of the major reservoirs across Central Alabama and
those from April 12th.

RESERVOIR            LEVEL FOR 04/26/18     LEVEL FOR 04/12/18

Weiss                       563.8                   563.8
Neely Henry                 506.8                   506.6
Logan Martin                462.8                   461.8
Lay                         395.3                   395.8
Mitchell                    311.3                   312.0
Jordan                      251.2                   251.4
R.L. Harris                 791.5                   787.6
Martin                      489.4                   488.9
Smith                       514.1                   509.8
Bankhead                    254.6                   254.9
Holt                        186.9                   186.2

SOCIAL IMPACTS...

Reservoir levels are gradually approaching their normal 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...

An upper level trough was bringing rain to Central Alabama today.
However the rain will be moving out of the state by tonight and
behind it dry weather is expected to overspread the area. Mostly dry
conditions are then forecast across Central Alabama into the first
half of next week. Cumulative rainfall totals through next Wednesday
are forecast to average between one and two inches across the area.

The Two Week Outlook...from May 1st through May 9th...calls for
above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

The Longer-Range Outlook for the remainder of 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 end in areas currently experiencing
them.

UPDATE STATEMENT...

The mext statement will be issued around Thursday May 10th.



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