An extremely dry pattern continues to persist for Mississippi and Alabama.
Last week the U.S. drought monitor upgraded eastern Mississippi and western Alabama from what was extreme to severe drought conditions for agricultural and hydrological interests.
"Stage two drought just means we are under a large deficit for a long period of time," said Wayne Porter of the MSU Extension Service. "The stages they calculate droughts in depend on how long we've been without significant rainfall and how it accumulates over time. By being in a severe drought, what we have right now is a short term
Porter said on a long-term index, the dry pattern only places the area in a slight drought.
Data for Key Field indicated we are well over fourteen inches below normal for the year and area lake and river levels are also running low as well.