County experiences moderate drought; rain on way

Published 1:35 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

The majority of Covington County is now facing a moderate drought.

The U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly report shows that all but the extreme western portion of the county seeing the moderate drought conditions, while the western portion is abnormally dry.

In the last seven days, the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow River Watershed Management Agency gauges have recorded very little rain – 0.24 inches at the Hwy. 55 station and 0.07 at the Hwy. 84 station.

Statewide, 13.28 percent of the state was experiencing no drought at all, that’s up from last week’s 6.84 percent, but down from three month’s ago, where 32.17 percent was experiencing no drought. A year ago, 91.12 percent of the state had no drought conditions.

86.72 percent of the state is considered at least abnormally dry, while 38.65 is considered facing at least moderate drought conditions.

A small portion – 2.67 percent is facing severe drought conditions, and includes a small portion of Jefferson County, the majority of Walker County and pieces of Tuscaloosa and Fayette counties.

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

Rain is in the forecast for the coming days.

The National Weather Service says that there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m., today, and tomorrow.

On Monday, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Tuesday is looking to be clear, and showers and thunderstorms are likely to creep back in Wednesday, when there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms that will go through the rest of the work week.