County seeing drought conditions

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 6, 2019

Weekend thunderstorms expected

Weather conditions this weekend will continue to be hot and humid with heat indices expected somewhere between 101 and 107 degrees.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected throughout the weekend, but organized severe weather is not expected.

A few storms this weekend have the potential to become strong and produce gusty winds, frequent lightning and locally heavy rainfall.

Today, there is a  20 to 50 percent chance of thunderstorms then chance thunderstorms.

On Sunday there is a 50 percent chance and Sunday evening a 40 percent chance.

Monday and Tuesday also brings a 40 percent chance.

Rainfall is welcomed news as portions of Covington County are in a moderate drought and the rest – with the exception of the extreme northwest portion – is abnormally dry.

Rainfall totals from June provided by the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority June rainfall at Yellow River on Hwy. 55 was only 2.08 inches, while it was 3.53 at the collection station on Hwy. 84.

Last year, those numbers were 5.52 inches at Hwy. 55 and 7.57 inches at Hwy. 84.

Year-to-date, the authority has only recorded 17.32 inches of rainfall.