Drought-Stricken Southeast May Finally See Rain
The historic drought in the southeast continues to intensify with each passing week, leaving many cities without a drop of rain for nearly two months.
— NWS Atlanta (@NWSAtlanta) November 24, 2016
Fortunately, a pattern change over the next week will result in a favorable setup for a soaking rain for some southeast cities.
It’s needed as many cities in the southeast have exceeded two months without a single drop of rain.
As of Thursday evening, Cartersville, Georgia has gone without rain for 67 days, shattering the old record of 44 days back in 1938.
Atlanta, GA will tie the stretch of consecutive days without rain by the end of the day Thursday. The old record is 39 days set back in 1884.
The historic drought continues to get worse with “extreme” drought conditions extending over 600 miles from Kentucky to western Louisiana. Seven states in the southeast are reporting 100% drought, ranging from dry to exceptional: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas.
A pattern change early next week will allow a push of tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to be drawn into the southeastern states. This set up will allow showers and storms to fire up, leading to locally heavy downpours. It’s uncertain as to the extent of the rainfall for early next week or as to how much. Bottom line is there are signs of improvement but no signs of a drought busting rainfall.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos