All of Alabama projected to be in a drought by early 2023
Much of the state is experiencing abnormally dry to drought conditions already
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Just over 77% of Alabama is experiencing abnormally dry or drought conditions as of October 20th. That number is expected to go up to about 100% by the end of January 2023.
That’s according to the latest seasonal outlook issued by the Climate Prediction Center.
Those in Alabama currently in a drought (brown shade below) are likely to remain in a drought, and those not currently in a drought (yellow shade below) are expected to enter a drought over the next few months.
The outlook doesn’t tell us when exactly each location in Alabama will officially enter a drought. It simply shows that all of Alabama will be in a drought of some degree by January 31, 2023.
That is due to the outlook for the next few months favoring average or below average precipitation. Add drier-than-normal conditions to an already very dry ground and you have the recipe for drought development or persistence.
It’s not abnormal for Alabama to be in a drought. It actually happens more often than you might think. But getting a majority of the state to at least a level 1 “moderate drought” is not all that common.
The last time at least half of Alabama was in a drought was back on October 22, 2019. To find the last time 75% of the state was in a drought you have to go back to February 6, 2018. The last time nearly 100% of Alabama was in a drought was December of 2016.
To check out the history of drought conditions across Alabama and the rest of the U.S. just click right here.
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