Even though his coverage is centered on Birmingham, Alabama, James Spann’s weather coverage is outstanding. Here’s his latest excellent drought update.
Droughts don’t start suddenly, and don’t end quickly either. It will take multiple long, soaking rain events for us to dig out of this. It will happen, but it takes time.
In some cases, short term droughts turn into long term droughts. Alabama has had five major long term droughts since record keeping began: 1929-32, 1938-45, 1950-63, 1980-82, and 1984-88. No evidence this happens now, but it can’t be ruled out completely.