Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Birmingham, AL

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmngham AL
805 AM CDT Thu Mar 15 2018


SYNOPSIS...The latest U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that drought
conditions have diminished a little more in Central Alabama.
Moderate Drought is now only found from southeast Lowndes county and
Pike county east to Russell and northern Barbour counties. Remaining
areas are indicated to be either Abnormally Dry or Normal.

The Drought Monitor classifies drought within one of these five

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


Periodic weather systems during the past two weeks brought fairly
normal rainfall for this time of year to Central Alabama. Rainfall
averaged generally between one and three inches...with locally
greater amounts. The lowest totals occurred in the southeastern
sections where yearly deficits persist. Most other locations have
returned to near or above normal rainfall for the year. This has
improved drought conditions over much of Central Alabama but the
moderate drought conditions persist in the southeast counties.

Some precipitation amounts (inches) for Central Alabama from January
1st through March 14th...

Birmingham  12.12
Montgomery  10.82
Anniston    12.26
Tuscaloosa  14.50
Calera      13.52
Troy         6.57

Normal Precipitation expected (inches) and Departure from Normal
(inches) January 1st through March 14th...

Birmingham  11.78  +0.34
Montgomery  12.67  -1.85
Anniston    11.98  +0.28
Tuscaloosa  12.87  +1.63
Calera      13.28  +0.24
Troy        11.54  -4.97


There are not any known widespread acrigultural problems at this
time due to the current drought conditions. Information from the
USDA indicates above fruit trees are budding. Warm weather and
abundant rainfall have also helped cool season pastures to start
greening up. Field preparation is a little behind due to rain, and
hay stocks are adequate.


The Fire Danger Risk is generally low across Central Alabama at this
time with Keetch-Byram Drought Indices (KBDI) currently running at
100 or below across most of the area. Values above 500 indicate a
Severe Fire Danger.

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.


The latest USGS Stream Gauge Data indicates that stream flows are
currently running near normal across most of Central Alabama.
Periodic rainfall will be needed for stream flows to remain near
normal or above normal levels as we head into spring.

Most of the major reservoir pool levels are near their rule guide
and have remained fairly steady during the past two weeks...although
operators are beginnning to slowly raise some toward their summer
pool levels. Listed below are current levels for some of the major
reservoirs across Central Alabama and those from March 1st.

RESERVOIR            LEVEL FOR 03/15/18     LEVEL FOR 03/01/18

Weiss                       562.5                   561.8
Neely Henry                 506.5                   506.5
Logan Martin                461.6                   461.6
Lay                         396.0                   395.3
Mitchell                    311.8                   311.6
Jordan                      251.6                   251.5
R.L. Harris                 786.8                   786.9
Martin                      486.8                   483.9
Smith                       509.4                   507.0
Bankhead                    254.6                   254.5
Holt                        186.8                   186.3


Reservoir levels are near their rule guide in most locations. 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.


High pressure was producing dry and cool conditions over Central
Alabama today.  Moderating temperatures with mostly dry conditions
will persist into Friday but an approaching cold front will bring
chances of rain back to the area by late Friday into Saturday. The
front will stall south of the area Saturday and move back northward
as a warm front by Sunday, continuing the chances for rain across
the area. Another cold front is forecast to move through the area on
Monday maintaining some chances for rain, but by Tuesday into
Wednesday a cool dry flow of air into Central Alabama behind the
front will bring an end to the chances for rain. Cumulative rainfall
totals through next Wednesday are forecast to average between one
and two inches.

The Two Week Outlook...from March 20th through March 28th...calls
for below normal temperatures transitioning to near normal and above
normal precipitation chances.

The Longer-Range Outlook for the remainder of April through June 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 those areas of Central
Alabama still experiencing them.


The mext statement will be issued around Thursday March 29th.

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