Despite improvements, extreme drought persists in the Wiregrass

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Following the periods of rain the South has seen in the past week, conditions have improved across the Wiregrass, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.

As of Tuesday morning, the most extreme drought conditions receded to the southern parts of Coffee and Dale counties, the southeast area of Covington County, the northern parts of Holmes and Walton Counties, and the westernmost tip of Houston County.

Meanwhile, other regions of the Wiregrass, like Henry County, saw a marked improvement, with the drought weakening to moderate conditions.

According to the National Weather Service, the gap between the normal amount of rainfall and our actual rainfall from Jan. 1 to Oct. 23 has closed a bit with a discrepancy of -16.17 inches, nearly an inch less than last Thursday’s discrepancy.

While things have improved, the Associated Press reports that more than 25 million people in east Alabama, north Georgia, and west South Carolina are still facing dry conditions. This has lead to devastating effects for farmers and ranchers in the Southeast.

Heavy rain, locally over 5 inches, contracted drought and abnormal dryness across much of the region. Unfortunately, it was too late for some areas. Reports have been received through the Drought Impact Reporter of dry ponds and creeks, dead pasture, dying trees, and dying cattle in Gordon County, Georgia, as a result of the drought.

National Drought Mitigation Center

However, there may be a chance for further improvement as rain chances return for Thursday night and could continue into next week.

Read more about the U.S. Drought Monitor here.

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