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Southern states still in drought's crosshairs

The recent rain across Alabama is providing some relief from the ongoing drought, but the dry conditions that have plagued the state are far from over.

The worst of the drought is in central Alabama, including Jefferson County and communities in the eastern part of the state.

John Christy is the Alabama state climatologist. He says the rain has helped but the drought far from over…

“The soils are still below normal in terms of their moisture capacity and the creeks being low tells us there is more water than needs to be soaked into the ground and so we still have a deficit out there for our rainfall and for our systems.”

Christy also says the state need an inch of rain per week for 6-10 weeks to bring the state out of a drought.

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