Drought conditions continue to worsen

With near record heat and minimal rain chances, the drought across north Alabama will likely worsen heading into October.

Posted: Sep 26, 2019 6:39 PM

With no end in sight for the heat and the dry weather, our primary concerns now shift to the worsening drought and its potential impacts. Today's update from the US Drought Monitor shows that the drought has expanded significantly in the past week. Just 12 percent of north Alabama was in a moderate drought last week, largely over Sand Mountain. Today, over half of north Alabama is now in a moderate drought, expanding to now include Madison County, Limestone County, parts of Lawrence and Lauderdale Counties, as well as Marshall County. Areas over Sand Mountain that were already in a Moderate Drought now find themselves in a Severe Drought. Let's dive in to exactly what it means to be in a Moderate or Severe Drought.

Moderate Drought (including Huntsville, Athens, Moulton, and Guntersville)
--Crop growth and yield low
--Smaller waterways (streams, ponds, etc.) at low water levels
--Burn bans go into effect
--Fire activity increases

Severe Drought (including Scottsboro)
--Damage to crops
--Larger waterways (lakes, rivers, etc.) at low water levels
--Burn bans continue

Here are the latest impacts on this ongoing drought for our area and the rest of north Alabama.
--Farmers are now supplementing feed and purchasing hay early
--Corn and soybean harvests are greatly reduced
--Across all of Alabama, 180 fires have been reported in the last week
--Almost all of north Alabama remains abnormally dry including areas that are not currently in a Moderate or Severe Drought

Unfortunately, the drought conditions and its impacts will worsen before they get better. Most areas stay dry for the next seven days and likely beyond that, with only a small chance for an isolated shower or storm each afternoon. We also have the potential to see numerous record highs broken in the days ahead. Today, Huntsville, hit a record high of 95, breaking the record for September 26 of 94 set back in 1933. This record breaking heat also likely means September ends as one of the hottest of all time across north Alabama. Currently, we are on pace for the third hottest September of all time in Huntsville and the second hottest all time in Muscle Shoals. Highs for the next seven days will top out in the mid 90s each day, continuing that August feel as we inch closer to the start of October.

Huntsville
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Florence
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Fayetteville
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Decatur
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Scottsboro
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Confirmed Cases: 49892

Reported Deaths: 1077
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson6030162
Mobile4418137
Montgomery4339109
Tuscaloosa254448
Madison19078
Marshall186611
Shelby150924
Lee149437
Morgan12205
Baldwin111410
Walker105127
Elmore98919
Dallas9639
Franklin92216
Etowah88214
DeKalb8416
Chambers65727
Russell6570
Autauga65313
Butler64328
Tallapoosa61669
Unassigned58626
Limestone5741
Houston5526
Cullman5395
Lauderdale5376
Lowndes48022
St. Clair4692
Colbert4656
Pike4595
Escambia4528
Calhoun4365
Coffee4074
Covington39911
Jackson3742
Bullock37010
Barbour3672
Dale3621
Talladega3497
Hale33722
Marengo33011
Wilcox2968
Clarke2946
Winston2893
Chilton2872
Sumter28512
Blount2731
Pickens2556
Monroe2492
Marion24514
Randolph2449
Conecuh2277
Perry2091
Bibb2081
Macon2069
Choctaw20212
Greene1928
Henry1433
Crenshaw1273
Washington1277
Lawrence1170
Cherokee1127
Geneva920
Lamar811
Fayette781
Clay742
Coosa621
Cleburne411
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Confirmed Cases: 57591

Reported Deaths: 710
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby12842214
Davidson12549138
Rutherford332638
Hamilton308837
Sumner180256
Williamson159115
Trousdale15055
Knox14719
Out of TN125610
Wilson109917
Putnam9897
Bradley8894
Robertson88213
Sevier8633
Unassigned8372
Lake6970
Tipton6746
Montgomery6587
Bledsoe6251
Bedford5959
Macon5466
Hamblen4224
Maury4203
Hardeman3814
Fayette3463
Madison3402
Loudon3081
Rhea2940
Blount2803
Dyer2743
McMinn25718
Cheatham2522
Dickson2430
Washington2120
Lawrence2026
Cumberland1964
Anderson1782
Sullivan1782
Lauderdale1723
Gibson1581
Jefferson1571
Monroe1466
Smith1392
Coffee1340
Cocke1260
Greene1232
Hardin1207
Obion1182
Haywood1112
Warren1060
Franklin1043
Marshall1042
Wayne990
Hickman980
McNairy911
Marion904
Giles801
Lincoln800
White803
Hawkins792
Carter771
DeKalb760
Roane750
Weakley691
Overton681
Campbell651
Grundy652
Henderson620
Claiborne610
Unicoi560
Chester530
Carroll511
Polk510
Grainger500
Crockett483
Henry480
Cannon450
Johnson440
Sequatchie430
Jackson410
Humphreys382
Meigs350
Perry350
Morgan291
Decatur280
Stewart260
Fentress250
Scott220
Union200
Houston190
Clay180
Moore170
Benton151
Hancock100
Lewis100
Pickett70
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