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Current U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions for Alabama

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is updated each Thursday to show the location and intensity of drought across the country. This map shows drought conditions across Alabama using a five-category system, from Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions to Exceptional Drought (D4). The USDM is a joint effort of the National Drought Mitigation Center, USDA, and NOAA. Learn more.

The following state-specific drought impacts were compiled by the National Drought Mitigation Center. While these impacts are not exhaustive, they can help provide a clearer picture of drought in Alabama. 

D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Forage crops and pasture are stressed; producers feed livestock early
  • Ground is hard
  • Agriculture ponds and creeks begin to decline
30.9
of AL
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Cash crop growth and yield are low
  • National forests implement campfire and firework bans
  • Streams and ponds are low
0.0
of AL
(D1–D4)
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crops are damaged, especially dryland corn
  • Burn bans begin
  • Large cracks appear in foundations of homes
0
of AL
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Soybean pods shatter
  • Large-scale hay shortages occur; producers sell livestock
  • Wildfire count and fire danger continue to increase
0
of AL
(D3–D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Trees and shrubs are defoliated; grass is brown; landscaping projects are delayed
  • Wildfire count is very high
  • Lakes are extremely low; large municipalities implement water restrictions; water prices increase
0
of AL
(D4)
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Forage crops and pasture are stressed; producers feed livestock early
  • Ground is hard
  • Agriculture ponds and creeks begin to decline
4.0
of AL
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Cash crop growth and yield are low
  • National forests implement campfire and firework bans
  • Streams and ponds are low
0.0
of AL
(D1–D4)
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crops are damaged, especially dryland corn
  • Burn bans begin
  • Large cracks appear in foundations of homes
0
of AL
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Soybean pods shatter
  • Large-scale hay shortages occur; producers sell livestock
  • Wildfire count and fire danger continue to increase
0
of AL
(D3–D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Trees and shrubs are defoliated; grass is brown; landscaping projects are delayed
  • Wildfire count is very high
  • Lakes are extremely low; large municipalities implement water restrictions; water prices increase
0
of AL
(D4)
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Forage crops and pasture are stressed; producers feed livestock early
  • Ground is hard
  • Agriculture ponds and creeks begin to decline
3.0
of AL
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Cash crop growth and yield are low
  • National forests implement campfire and firework bans
  • Streams and ponds are low
0.0
of AL
(D1–D4)
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crops are damaged, especially dryland corn
  • Burn bans begin
  • Large cracks appear in foundations of homes
0
of AL
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Soybean pods shatter
  • Large-scale hay shortages occur; producers sell livestock
  • Wildfire count and fire danger continue to increase
0
of AL
(D3–D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Trees and shrubs are defoliated; grass is brown; landscaping projects are delayed
  • Wildfire count is very high
  • Lakes are extremely low; large municipalities implement water restrictions; water prices increase
0
of AL
(D4)
0
people in Alabama are affected by drought
0
counties with USDA disaster designations
48th
wettest April was in 2022, over the past 128 years
40th
wettest year to date was in 2022, over the past 128 years

Explore Drought Conditions by City and County

Summary

View up-to-date drought conditions down to the city and county level, including temperature, and precipitation conditions, key drought indicators, outlooks, historical conditions, and water supply, agriculture, and public health maps.

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Drought in Alabama from 2000–Present

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1–D4) in Alabama lasted 137 weeks beginning on July 27, 2010, and ending on March 5, 2013. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of August 29, 2000, where D4 affected 77.9% of Alabama land.

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is a national map released every Thursday, showing parts of the U.S. that are in drought. The USDM relies on drought experts to synthesize the best available data and work with local observers to interpret the information. The USDM also incorporates ground truthing and information about how drought is affecting people, via a network of more than 450 observers across the country, including state climatologists, National Weather Service staff, Extension agents, and hydrologists. Learn more.

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