While some areas of Alabama saw a sprinkling of rain this past week, severe drought continues to torment the vast majority of the state.
With well over a month without rain, coupled with record-breaking heat, federal statistics released this week show nearly 90 percent of the state is now in a severe drought, and 65 percent of the state is in an extreme or exceptional drought.
Even as seasonal cold fronts begin to arrive, there appears to be no relief in sight.
The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center has predicted warm and near-record dry conditions to continue in Alabama, and across the Southeast, throughout the fall and winter lasting through February.
Experts say at least a solid week of rain is needed for the state to “break even” and move past the drought.