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Drought Conditions See No Improvement

Birmingham – There's no sign that the drought is getting any better in Alabama.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released its weekly survey today. It shows virtually no change in the arid conditions in the state.

The data shows 49 percent of Alabama in the most severe drought classification. Only the coastal regions of southwest Alabama aren't experiencing some form of drought.

The drought map is virtually unchanged since last week.

In all, about a third of the Southeast is locked in an extreme drought. Forecasters say the dry weather could last into next summer.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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