Wildfires Still a Threat Despite Rain in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Scattered rain across Alabama hasn’t been enough to ease the wildfire threat. The Alabama Forestry Commission says all 67 counties remain under a fire alert that was first issued last month. The agency’s website says four active wildfires involving 50 acres were burning Friday, and 16 more fires were contained or controlled. State fire crews have…

Pumpkins Still Thriving at Dream Field Farms Despite Drought Conditions

Source: Alabama News NetworkWith blistering heat and little to no rainfall, drought conditions are getting worse in the state. Some farmers are noticing an impact on their crops but what does this mean for local pumpkin patches? Alabama News Network visited the popular Dream Field Farms and Pumpkin Patch in Bullock County to see this year’s crop. “The pumpkins are…

Alabama Power Reducing Water Releases Amid Drought

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Power says it’s reducing water releases from its hydroelectric dams because of a drought affecting the state. The move is intended to prevent lakes from shrinking too much. But a statement from the utility says that without rain, water levels will still likely fall below normal on lakes including Weiss, Henry, Logan Martin, Harris, Martin…

Drought Returns to Parts of Alabama

A new federal assessment says drought is creeping back into Alabama. The latest report from the National Drought Mitigation Center released Thursday says parts of five counties in northwestern Alabama are in a moderate drought. Most of the Tennessee Valley region also is abnormally dry, as is much of Baldwin County on the coast. The area affected by drought is…

Rainfall Didn’t End Alabama Drought

Weather experts say storms that dumped as much as 5 inches of rain on Alabama didn’t end the drought. National Weather Service statistics show as much as 5 inches of rain fell near the geographic center of the state along the Shelby-Chilton county line. Much of central Alabama got 2 inches of rain, and nearly the entire northern half of…

Prayers for Rain

Event set for Sunday.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – It hasn’t rained in weeks across much of Alabama, and some people say it’s time to get God involved. Activists are planning a mass prayer for rain in drought-plagued Alabama on Sunday afternoon. The interfaith event is scheduled at a park in downtown Birmingham. The prayer session is being promoted on Facebook as parts of the…

Weekly Drought Monitor: Increasingly Dry

1/3 of state is suffering from an "exceptional" drought

One-third of Alabama is now in what is called an “exceptional” drought—the most serious level. The Weekly Drought Monitor map. The deepest red is the most serious stage of drought, “exceptional drought”.       Categories: Montgomery, News, Statewide Tags: drought, weather

Drought Conditions

Part of The River Region is in "moderate" drought

Each week, federal weather officials issue a report on drought conditions across the country, and this week’s map shows continued dry conditions statewide, with the worst condition in several extreme northeast counties.   River Region counties are generally in two levels of drought… D0 (Abnormally Dry) and D1 (Moderate Drought) Rainfall in the Montgomery area is several inches below normal….