Severe Drought Conditions Continue In Tuscaloosa County and Across the State of Alabama
October has been unseasonably warm and dry, and there doesn't appear to be much relief in sight as drought conditions persist across the state.
Tuscaloosa County is currently experiencing a severe drought; today marks the 38th consecutive day without measurable rain in Tuscaloosa. According to Jason Holmes of the National Weather Service in Birmingham, this breaks the previous dry streak of 37 days, a record set back in 1955. In fact, this current drought is the longest Tuscaloosa has gone without measurable rain since the National Weather Service began keeping records in 1948.
To date, Tuscaloosa has received 32.07 inches of rain in 2016; the average rainfall is 42.27 inches--which means Tuscaloosa is currently experiencing a 10.2 inch rain deficit.
The drought and unseasonably warm temperatures go hand-in-hand. Daytime heating is exacerbated--meaning that the dry ground absorbs more heat from the sun and in turn heats the air. The result is record temperatures--yesterday's high of 86 tied the record high set back in 2010.
There is a small chance of rain in tomorrow's forecast--20% tonight through tomorrow evening--however, this rainfall will not be enough to improve drought conditions.
A burn ban is in effect throughout the state, and a No Burn Order has been issued for the City of Tuscaloosa.