When it comes to weather there are always highs and lows. Its hard to believe that nearly six full years have passed since the historic drought of 2007. The drought conditions in 2007 where catapulted by a 2006 statewide annual deficit of 12 inches. It was labeled as the worst drought in 50 years. The drought was most severe in eastern sections of our state. I remember driving east on I-20 and seeing dry ground under boat docks along the banks of Logan Martin. The water shortage was so severe that some cities feared water reserves would be depleted. (Image-Dry Lake Bed-Source: NOAA)
When we think about drought the first things that come to mind are water restrictions and impacts on agriculture. However drought’s actually come in different forms. First there are meteorological droughts which involve the short term deficits in precipitation. If the deficits persist we begin to experience hydrological drought in which waterways and water supplies are impacted. The third form is agricultural drought followed by socioeconomic drought. Alabama experienced all four levels of drought which continued into 2008.
Earlier this week we were discussing flood warnings along the Coosa River. It always amazes me how there are highs and lows when it comes to weather. While it seemed like we would never see a rebound in precipitation at the time, the persistent meteorological, hydrological, agricultural, and socioeconomic drought conditions are now in the history books. Recently Alabama Climatologist John Christy released his summary for March and April stating that the last time Alabama had so little sign of drought was in June 2010.
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt