Some of state still drier than normal

Published 6:54 pm Friday, December 26, 2008

Chilton County has still been classified abnormally dry according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report.

Twenty-three percent of the state is still abnormally dry, but no part of the state is currently in a drought situation. The report was released on Thursday.

The data collected for the report cut off at 6 a.m. Tuesday, and most of the rain received this week was not factored into the report.

In the Southeast region, drought conditions have improved slightly, but areas around the tri-state area of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina are currently in an extreme drought.

A year ago, 85 percent of the state was experiencing a drought situation with almost half of the state included in the most severe classification. Three months ago, more than half of the state was still experiencing drought conditions.

As a whole, the Southeast’s drought situation has improved significantly from a year ago. More than a third of the region was experiencing exceptional drought conditions, which is the highest rating for a drought. Now, no part of the region is worse than an extreme drought. Only 29 percent of the entire area is exceptionally dry or worse.

Rain will continue to be in the forecast through Sunday night. The best chance of rain (80 percent) will occur tonight when strong storms are possible ahead of a cold front.