Drought Monitor: County is dry

Published 1:31 am Saturday, April 8, 2017

Despite two rainy days this week, nearly 82 percent of Alabama is considered abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

That’s better than last week, when 90.64 percent of the state was abnormally dry.

Covington County is among the counties in the abnormally dry range.

A few counties are in the moderate drought rang and a small portion of the state is in a severe drought.

In the past seven days, the Choctawhatchee Pea and Yellow River Watershed Management Agency recorded 1.52 inches of rain at the Yellow River gauge on Hwy. 55 and 19.1 inches at the Yellow River gauge on Hwy. 84.

Covington County was in a drought from mid-November until January, which created a demand for local hay and limited grazing for farmers.

There is no rain in the forecast through Friday and temperatures are inching their way up to near-summer-like.

Today, the high is expected to be 74 with a low around 48.

Sunday, the high will make its way to around 82 and the low will be around 55.

Monday will be sunny with a high near 83 and a low of around 53.

Tuesday the high will hit around 83 with a low of 56.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny with a high of nearly 84 and a low of 57.

Thursday and Friday will see similar temperatures.