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Local Drought and Burn Ban Information

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Current Drought Status and Outlook:

View the *latest* version of the Drought Information Statement issued by the NWS Office in Mobile, AL.

Widespread heavy rainfall netted considerable reductions in drought intensity and coverage since the first of the month. As a result, Severe Drought (D2) has been eliminated over the local area. Despite the recent excessive rains, the 90-day precipitation remained 50 to 70 percent of normal in lingering (D1) Moderate Drought areas, although these locales have nevertheless seen drought conditions relax.

Click on the images below for detailed graphical information on the current drought and the longer range outlooks.




The latest 1-Month Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI) is provided below. EDDI is an experimental drought monitoring and early warning guidance tool. It examines how anomalous the atmospheric evaporative demand (known as "the thirst of the atmosphere") is for a given location and across a time period of interest. EDDI can offer early warning of agricultural drought, hydrologic drought, and fire-weather risk by providing near-real-time information on the emergence or persistence of anomalous evaporative demand in a region. A particular strength of EDDI is in capturing the precursor signals of water stress at weekly to monthly timescales, which makes EDDI a strong tool for preparedness for both flash droughts and ongoing droughts.

Visit the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) EDDI link for additional information on this tool!




The animated images below show drought trends across Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. Notice the recent trend of much improved conditions over the eastern portion of the local area heading into the middle of February. Click on the individual animations below to enlarge the text and maps.





Acknowledgements: Page created by Joe Maniscalco (Forecaster/Climate Program Lead) and Morgan Barry (Forecaster).

LAST UPDATED: February 2018