U.S. officials say moderate drought advances into county

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/22/17

The state drought has begun to worsen recently on the south end of Walker County, although the county held steady this week without much change, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday.

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U.S. officials say moderate drought advances into county

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The state drought has begun to worsen recently on the south end of Walker County, although the county held steady this week without much change, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday.

The report, which contained data up through Tuesday for Alabama, showed the second lowest level of drought, moderate drought, in the bottom third of Walker County and the bottom half of Marion County. The rest of Walker County is abnormally dry, the lowest drought condition.

Most or all of Jefferson, Fayette, Lamar and Pickens counties were in moderate drought, as well as a few border counties below them. The southeast corner of the stare is also in moderate drought.

While 29 percent of the state has no drought, 71 percent has at least the lowest amount of drought - up from 66 percent the week before. Moderate drought is found in about 18 percent of the state.

The moderate level barely increased statewide from the week before, and Walker County, which first showed moderate levels last week, remained steady this week. This week, the moderate drought appeared to have mostly advanced in Marion County.

According to a Dec. 19 weekly report on the Drought Monitor’s website, “Part of the South, from eastern Texas to western Alabama, did receive more than an inch of rain, with locally heavier amounts, which helped improve dry conditions.”

It went on to say, “Parts of Alabama saw a bit more rain this week, but it was still well below average. In east central and northern Alabama, abnormally dry conditions spread eastward from Clay, Talladega, and St. Clair Counties across the Georgia border, and also through Marshall County. Moderate drought expanded into southern and eastern Marion County.”

It said a good amount of precipitation was expected in the South this week, and the county did receive rain as the report was coming out. Areas at Burrows Crossing Road and Duncan Road were washed out this week, according to District 1 Walker County Commissioner Keith Davis.