Despite the rainfall we received last week and so far this month, it wasn't enough to make a dent in the drought situation. Moderate drought conditions actually expanded and now includes parts of eastern Tuscaloosa, Shelby and Bibb counties. Abnormally dry conditions expanded slightly in all directions too.
Here's a look at the scene in Bessemer and the grass certainly looks like it needs some water. Many lawns across the state look like this. Remember, if you plan on doing any watering that you do it either early in the morning or in the evening. The air is quite dry and so evaporation is high during the afternoon and higher than normal than compared to a muggy day so expect to give the lawn and garden a good soaking.
When is our next best chance for rain? Not until early next week.
Looking at the chart below, you'll see rainfall is highest during the spring and late fall in Birmingham and that amounts on average drops off between August until October. This is not a good statistic seeing rainfall is already running below normal. The outlook for precipitation over the next 3 months calls for equal chances for at, below or above normal precipitation, which doesn't really tell us that much. All and all, we just have to be patient and try and do as much watering as we can until Mother Nature decides to provide.
"It's rain dance time!!!"
-Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist