Despite the rainfall we received last week and so far this month, it wasn't enough to make a dent in the drought situation.
Moderate drought conditions actually expanded and now include parts of eastern Tuscaloosa, Shelby and Bibb counties. Abnormally dry conditions expanded slightly in all directions too.
Many lawns look brown instead of green across the state. If you plan on doing any watering, make sure you do so either early in the morning or in the evening.
The air is quite dry and warm, so evaporation is highest during the afternoon hours and higher than normal than compared to a muggy day so expect to give the lawn and garden a good soaking.
The yearly rainfall chart for Birmingham shows the greatest precipitation occurring in the spring and late fall and that the amounts on average drops off between the months of August until October.
This is not a good statistic seeing rainfall is already running below normal. The outlook for precipitation over the next three months calls for equal chances for at, below or above normal precipitation, which doesn't really tell us that much.
We just have to be patient and try and do as much watering as we can until Mother Nature decides to provide.
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