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Alabama Drought Emergency Extended Across All of the State

8 Nov 2016, 9:53 am

The dry weather continues to worsen in Alabama as the lack of rain pushed drought conditions to dangerous levels, especially in the north half of the state. 14% of Alabama is in a level 4 exceptional drought, with 37% in a level 3 extreme drought.

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley yesterday expanded the drought emergency, putting the whole state under a no burn order.

Mobile has not seen rain in 42 days, tying a record dry streak set all the way back in 1874. Tuscaloosa and Anniston have already set records, and Birmingham will break its record dry streak in a couple of days.

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The rain deficit has pushed to over a foot in some areas of Central and Northern Alabama.

The Southeast Regional Climate Center October rainfall report shows only a few areas of rain in the north from last month, and even less over the last 30 days.

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Thankfully all fires in the state are under control across the state according to Inciweb, but several areas are being monitored by the USDA Forestry Service. More than 900 fires were fought last month in Alabama.

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More specific neighborhood information can be found at www.drought.gov/drought/alabama.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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