Drought Information Statement
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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmngham AL
833 AM CDT Fri May 11 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...

Below normal rainfall occurred during the past two weeks across
Central Alabama. Cumulative rainfall amounts varied from less than
an inch to localized totals of near two inches. This resulted in
deficits of around an inch in most places. Many locations continue
to run below normal for the year to date in the east-central and
southeastern sections...but elsewhere most areas continue to have
near or above normal totals. 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 May 10th...

Birmingham  21.87
Montgomery  16.13
Anniston    18.50
Tuscaloosa  23.67
Calera      22.81
Troy        11.74

Normal Precipitation expected (inches) and Departure from Normal
(inches) January 1st through May 10th...

Birmingham  20.61  +1.26
Montgomery  21.05  -4.92
Anniston    20.11  -1.61
Tuscaloosa  20.70  +2.97
Calera      20.83  +1.98
Troy        20.09  -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.  Reports from the southeastern sections
of Central Alabama indicate that rain is needed. In general, cattle,
pastures and winter wheat are reported to be in fair to good
condition.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

The Fire Danger Risk has increased somewhat across Central Alabama
with Keetch-Byram Drought Indices (KBDI) currently running mostly
between 100 and 300. Values above 500 indicate a Severe Fire Danger.

The Alabama Forestry Commission reports that around thirty 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, non-agricultural burns are not allowed from the month of
May through the month of October for the following Central Alabama
counties: Etowah, Jefferson, Montgomery, Russell, Shelby and
Talladega. 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
beginning to drop back below normal across much of Central Alabama.
Periodic rainfall will be needed for stream flows to return to near
or above normal levels as we continue through the spring season.

Most of the major reservoir pool levels have reached their normal
summer pool levels. Listed below are current levels for some of the
major reservoirs across Central Alabama and those from April 26th.

RESERVOIR            LEVEL FOR 05/11/18     LEVEL FOR 04/26/18

Weiss                       563.9                   563.8
Neely Henry                 508.0                   506.8
Logan Martin                464.9                   462.8
Lay                         396.0                   395.3
Mitchell                    311.9                   311.3
Jordan                      251.4                   251.2
R.L. Harris                 792.9                   791.5
Martin                      489.6                   489.4
Smith                       509.9                   514.1
Bankhead                    255.0                   254.6
Holt                        186.4                   186.9

SOCIAL IMPACTS...

Most reservoir levels are at 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...

A ridge of high pressure will dominate Central Alabama through the
weekend, with warm and mostly dry conditions forecast. However,
chances for rain should be on the increase as we head into next week
and the high pressure ridge across the area weakens as weak upper
level troughing develops. Cumulative rainfall totals through next
Wednesday are forecast to average at or below one inch in most areas.

The Two Week Outlook...from May 16th through May 24th...calls for
above normal temperatures and above 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 July indicates that
drought conditions are likely to end in areas currently experiencing
them.

UPDATE STATEMENT...

The mext statement will be issued around Thursday May 24th.


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