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Early season showers help area avoid drought classification

Published 7:30pm Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rain clouds were looming on the horizon Wednesday afternoon, which could be a welcome sight for many across the county.

Meteorologist Gary Goggins with the National Weather Service in Birmingham said much of central Alabama has been a tad bit parched. Data from the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service showed parts of Tallapoosa County 1-2 inches behind normal rainfall amounts.

“We are getting a little dry out there,” Goggins said. “We aren’t in any drought category so far, but precipitation has been on the low side for much of Central Alabama for the past month.”

Wednesday afternoon, meteorologists were tracking a few storms developing from a cold front that was making its way from the north.

Goggins said the storms were expected to drop 1-2 inches of rain, though as of 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the storms hadn’t lived up to expectations.

“Right now, the coverage isn’t as much as originally thought,” Goggins said Wednesday afternoon. “We are seeing these storms just pop up. They are scattered in nature.”

He added, however, that the system is more organized than the usual southern afternoon thunderstorms.

As for temperatures, so far it has been “pretty close to average.”

“We haven’t had any overly hot days or anything record setting,” Goggins said. “In fact, around the Fourth of July, we had some record lows. If anything, temperatures have been a little below normal.”

Forecasts are calling for highs in the low 90s for much of the rest of the week, with the greatest chance of rain on Thursday.

The lack of rain hasn’t kept Lake Martin for reaching almost full pool, however, a fact that Goggins said can be attributed to a wetter than average spring.

“We got a lot of rain in spring and were able to stock up some water in lakes and streams,” Goggins said. “Hopefully we will get some heavy downpours (from the current system) because these storms are moving pretty slow.”

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