Drought intensifies across the South, new drought monitor map says

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Despite having a few days of rain, we still aren’t out of the woods yet when it comes to the drought that’s been plaguing most of the state of Alabama.

The newest drought monitor released Thursday morning still shows most of the central Wiregrass in extreme drought and the rest in severe drought conditions.

While the data for the current map did cut off before the heaviest rainfall this week, the National Weather Service says we are still more than seventeen inches of rainfall below the normal amount we’re supposed to get up to this point in the year.

Most of the region was drier than normal again this week. Abnormally dry (D0) to severe drought (D2) conditions expanded or intensified in parts of every state in the region, with extreme drought (D3) expanding in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. Rainfall was above normal for the week in a few areas, with contraction of D0, D1, or D2 occurring in parts of Alabama and extreme western North Carolina. But for the most part, where rain did fall, it was only enough to temporarily halt further drought expansion.

U.S. Drought Monitor

The map is updated with information every Thursday and cuts off at the Tuesday morning before.

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