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Start Date Seasons Weeks in Drought Historically observed impacts Impact Description
2022-07-20summer0Grass growth slow in northwest Alabama, some farmers feeding hayThe lack of rain left grass in the hayfield behind schedule. Some farmers were giving livestock hay, while others benefited from rain and were able to eke by on pasture grass. A farmer in the Addison area sold three hundred square hay bales earlier this year, but now, with grass not growing well, he regretted the sale. North West Alabamian (Haleyville, Ala.), July 20, 2022
2022-03-04spring0Fire activity high in Alabama's Wiregrass regionFire activity has increased in southeast Alabama as the region becomes drier. WTVY-TV CBS 4 Dothan (Ala.), March 4, 2022
2021-01-01winter0Increased fire activity in AlabamaDry weather continued to drive wildfire activity in Alabama. The Alabama Forestry Commission reported that 261 wildfires charred about 5,700 acres between March 7th and March 13th. During the same time last year, 21 wildfires scorched 255 acres. On March 14 alone, 55 wildfires burned 2,348 acres. WVTM-TV 13 (Birmingham, Ala.), March 14, 2021 Alabama Forestry Commission reported that 398 wildfires charred about 8,000 acres from the start of the year through March 10. Montgomery Advertiser (Ala.), March 11, 2021 Drought conditions contributed to fire activity during which more than 2,300 acres burned statewide in recent days. Fires burned 400 acres in Cullman County, 560 acres in St. Clair County, 200 in Escambia County and 400 acres in Cherokee County. The Alabama Forestry Commission urged anyone burning materials outdoors to exercise caution. No fire restrictions have yet been issued. The Cullman Times (Ala.), March 10, 2021 The Alabama Forestry Commission noted an uptick in fire activity, with more than 100 wildfires burning statewide from March 6-9. The previous year, only 11 fires charred 140 during the same timeframe. The 2021 fire season was starting out similarly to the last active fire season, which occurred in 2016, another dry year. In 2016, from January through March 9th, more than 6,000 acres burned in 330 wildfires. In the same time period this year, 5,900 acres have burned in 315 wildfires. WPMI-TV NBC 15 Mobile (Ala.), March 9, 2021
2020-05-14spring0Fire danger advisory in south AlabamaThe fire danger advisory for south Alabama was lifted after rainfall. AL.com (Birmingham, Ala.), May 21, 2020 The Alabama Forestry Commission issued a fire danger advisory for 15 counties in south Alabama, due to dry conditions, low humidity, high temperatures and strong winds. The 15 counties were Baldwin, Choctaw, Coffee, Clarke, Conecuh, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington. The public was urged to delay outdoor burns. AL.com (Birmingham, Ala.), May 17, 2020
2019-12-09winter0Drought watch ended for Auburn, AlabamaA drought watch for Auburn has ended after Lake Oglethorpe, the city’s primary reservoir, was replenished to full capacity. The watch took effect in early December. No drought-related water restrictions were in effect. WTVM-TV News 9 Columbus (Ga.), Jan. 22, 2020
2019-10-05fall0Special free permits for hauling hay in AlabamaAlabama agriculture officials announced a plan to issue special free permits for trucks hauling hay as livestock producers were already feeding hay because pastures were dry. Drought was also drying up farm ponds. AL.com (Birmingham, Ala.), Oct. 5, 2019
2019-10-03fall0Cotton, peanuts, forage affected by drought in Wiregrass region of AlabamaDrought was ongoing in the Wiregrass region of Alabama, hampering crops. Early planted cotton was fine, but cotton planted later in June had reduced yields. The peanut harvest was laborious as the dry soil made it difficult to get the peanuts out of the ground. The hard, dry ground also increased equipment costs and wore out blades, making harvest take longer. Farmers typically plant oats, rye and other grasses for winter forage at this time of year, but were instead supplementing with hay and feed, driving up costs. Dothan Eagle & Dothan Progress (Ala.), Oct. 3, 2019
2019-10-01fall0Restrictions on campfires in Alabama's national forestsDrought conditions led the Forest Service to impose restrictions on campfires in Alabama’s national forests. Park visitors may only build campfires in developed recreational areas. WAAY-TV ABC 31 Huntsville (Ala.), Sept. 30, 2019
2019-09-30fall0Produce prices higher in Alabama's Tennessee ValleyThe cost of fruits and vegetables has risen in the Tennessee Valley as drought hampers crop production. The quality of produce was down also. WAFF-TV NBC 48 Huntsville (Ala.), Sept. 30, 2019
2019-09-26fall0Alabama Power managing lakes carefullyWith lower lake levels, Alabama Power was releasing less water from its reservoirs and was managing their limited resources carefully. WRBL-TV CBS 3 Columbus (Ga.), Sept. 26, 2019
2019-09-25fall0Many Alabama cattle producers feeding hay earlyMany Alabama cattle producers were feeding hay early, although they typically do not begin feeding hay until late October or November, according to the deputy commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. Heat and drought devastated pastures in the past month. AL.com (Birmingham, Ala.), Sept. 25, 2019
2019-09-25fall0Electric bills for irrigation high in southeast AlabamaFarmers in southeast Alabama have not had sufficient moisture in the 2019 growing season and have relied heavily on irrigation where available. Farmers who planted later were most affected by the drought and heat and will likely see extreme yield reductions. Cattle producers were paying extra for hay and supplemental feed, while farmers who irrigate were being hit with exorbitant electricity bills. A Houston County farmer reported that a few months ago, his electric bill was $17,000, whereas he usually pays $2,000 to $3,000. WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery (Ala.), Sept. 25, 2019
2019-09-25fall0Alabama fire alertRainfall in the past week has lowered the fire danger in Alabama, allowing the state Forestry Commission to rescind the fire alert that was in effect for all 67 counties. WAFF-TV NBC 48 Huntsville (Ala.), Oct. 23, 2019 The Alabama Forestry Commission extended the fire alert, originally issued Sept. 25, until conditions improve. WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery (Ala.), Oct. 11, 2019 The Alabama Forestry Commission upgraded the fire danger advisory to a statewide fire alert on Sept. 25. The fire alert means that permits for outdoor burning were restricted and issued on an individual basis at the discretion of the state forester. The state’s drought status and elevated fire danger prompted the move to a fire alert. Dothan Eagle & Dothan Progress (Ala.), Sept. 25, 2019
2019-09-24fall0Peanut crop damaged, partially lost in southeast AlabamaThe peanut yield in the Wiregrass region was 3,200 pounds per acre, considerably lower than the 2018 harvest of 4,100 pounds per acre. WTVY-TV CBS 4 Dothan (Ala.), Oct. 14, 2019 Farmers in the Wiregrass were harvesting peanuts, but the hot, dry weather made harvest difficult. Farmers were expected to harvest less than 3,200 pounds per acre, which is below average. Due to drought, peanuts were smaller, and field producers estimate 10 to 20 percent of the peanut crop was lost to drought. The hard, dry ground was hard on machinery, causing blade breakages and dulling the blades quickly. Dull blades result in a lower harvest. WTVY-TV CBS 4 Dothan (Ala.), Sept. 24, 2019
2019-09-18fall0Increase in wildfire activity in AlabamaAlabama has been dealing with more wildfires than usual for this time of year. The Alabama Forestry Commission reported 181 fires in the last week, for more than half of the fires reported for the last month. About 26 fires have been popping up daily, up from 20 since Sept. 19. WBRC-TV Fox 6 Birmingham (Ala.), Sept. 24, 2019
2019-09-16fall0Fire danger advisory in all Alabama countiesDrought and heat increased the fire danger in Alabama, prompting the state Forestry Commission to issue a Fire Danger Advisory for all counties. Residents were urged to avoid burning materials outdoors. Dothan Eagle & Dothan Progress (Ala.), Sept. 18, 2019
2019-09-14fall0Drought increasing fire activity in AlabamaMore than 500 fires in Alabama charred 7,000 acres in the past 30 days, according to the Alabama Forestry Commission. WAKA CBS 8, WNCF ABC 32, WBMM CW 22 (Montgomery, Ala.), Oct. 14, 2019
2019-09-06fall0Crops losses in the thousands of dollars in northeast AlabamaA Marshall County farmer lost thousands of dollars’ worth of crops in the way of squash, peas and other crops. Other farmers were irrigating, but it is expensive and cannot fully compensate for not getting rain. WAAY-TV ABC 31 Huntsville (Ala.), Sept. 6, 2019
2019-09-01fall0High fire activity in Alabama during SeptemberRecord heat and drought in Alabama contributed to the 472 wildfires that blackened more than 6,000 acres in September. Dothan Eagle & Dothan Progress (Ala.), Oct. 11, 2019
2019-08-13summer0Drought, heat hurting Alabama's unirrigated cornUnirrigated corn in Alabama was suffering amid the heat and intensifying drought. In Autauga County, the unirrigated corn was entirely brown, bearing ears that were half the size of those produced by irrigated corn. Cotton was dropping boles. Montgomery Advertiser (Ala.), Aug. 13, 2019
2019-06-05summer0Less produce available at Alabama Farmer's Market in BirminghamVegetable growers in the Birmingham area were struggling to meet demand as three weeks of heat and drought hampered crop growth. “Size, color, quality - and we are starting to run out of stuff because of the heat and dry weather. We desperately need the rain,” stated a Cullman County farmer. The amount of vegetables for sale was down about 20 percent, due to the weather. WBRC-TV Fox 6 Birmingham (Ala.), June 5, 2019
2019-06-01summer0Drought slowed Christmas tree growth in northern AlabamaChristmas trees in Jackson County did not put on the typical one to two feet of growth during the summer as drought slowed tree growth. WAAY-TV ABC 31 Huntsville (Ala.), Nov. 26, 2019
2019-05-31spring0Short corn in Limestone County, AlabamaSome corn in Limestone County was not very tall, and its leaves were beginning to wilt. eNewsCourier.com (Athens, Ala.), May 31, 2019
2019-05-30spring0Corn pollination affected by drought, heat in Baldwin County, AlabamaThe corn and sweet potatoes in Baldwin County were desperately in need of rain. The heat and drought were affecting corn pollination. WALA MyFox Gulf Coast (Mobile, Ala.), May 30, 2019
2019-05-19spring0Corn wilting in southeast AlabamaCorn in the Wiregrass region began wilting on May 19, due to the lack of rain. Even irrigated corn was struggling. Farmers were going to the expense of irrigating, but may not get a decent yield anyway, due to the heat. Southeast AgNet Network (Gainesville, Fla.), May 28, 2019
2019-03-24spring0Fire danger warning in AlabamaThe Alabama Forestry Commission and local officials warned the public to be careful with outdoor burning as the dry conditions have led to more fires recently. The commission noted that the number and size of fires have increased, with 89 wildfires charring more than 1,265 acres of forestland over a three-day period. “The existence of drier conditions, combined with lower humidity and gusty winds, could potentially contribute to hazardous wildfire behavior,” said State Forester Rick Oates. “Although no burn restrictions have been issued, the Forestry Commission encourages everyone to be very cautious with fire until conditions improve.” Tuscaloosa News (Ala.), March 27, 2019
2019-03-15spring0Grass growth slowed, water supplies down in southeast AlabamaThe Wiregrass region of Alabama has gone 35 to 40 days without much rain, slowing grass growth and depleting water supplies. Because grass growth has been poor, producers have not been able to switch livestock from hay to pasture grass, as is normally done in March. Cattle producers were also concerned about water supplies for their livestock. Local streams were lower than normal, and farmers who rely on a water tank system have to pump more water for their herd, which costs more money. WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery (Ala.), June 24, 2019
2017-05-02spring0Lack of rain delayed planting of spring crops in AlabamaSome Alabama farmers were waiting for rain to increase soil moisture levels before planting spring crops. Particularly in South Alabama in the Wiregrass region, rain was needed to moisten soil for planting, and farmers were postponing planting until rain falls. Farmers with irrigation were using it. Very little cotton and peanuts in the Wiregrass had been planted. Growing Alabama (Albany, Ga.), May 2, 2017
2017-02-27winter0Alabama seeing more Southern pine beetle outbreaksAlabama forests were experiencing increased Southern pine beetle activity, although such outbreaks do not typically occur until late spring or early summer. Many of the state’s trees were dead or dying after intense drought during the 2016 summer, leaving trees very stressed and vulnerable to insect attack. The Alabama Forestry Commission began flights to assess beetle damage in February in response to a wave of telephone calls from landowners reporting possible bug infestations. Typically, such flights to examine forest health are not undertaken until May or June. Crews discovered 187 likely beetle infestations affecting 14,262 trees. Apart from drought, the number of Southern pine beetle outbreaks has been climbing steadily for the past four years, but with drought stress and damage, factors were converging to create immense beetle outbreaks. Miami Herald (Fla.), March 14, 2017
2017-02-17winter0Funds for Alabama's Volunteer Fire DepartmentsGovernor Robert Bentley announced $67,762 for Volunteer Fire Departments that qualified for the Wildfire Response Grant. Local fire departments ran up large bills, fighting wildfires during the fall of 2016 when much of the state endured extreme drought. Alabama Governor's Office (Montgomery, Ala.), Feb. 17, 2017
2017-02-13winter0Drought-affected trees dying in AlabamaMany trees in central Alabama were not showing signs of life as spring unfolded, indicating that drought killed many thousands of trees. The majority of damage occurred in evergreen species, according to Dana Stone, a forester with the Alabama Forestry Commission. Pines, Leland cypress, Japanese cypress, cedars, magnolias and even oak trees were the most affected, stated Stone. A number of pests were attacking the trees, including Southern pine beetle, Ips engraver beetle, black turpentine beetle and the deodar weevil, or a combination of those insects. Huntsville Times (Ala.), May 10, 2017 Alabama trees continued to die, despite rainfall in December and January, said the Alabama Forestry Commission. The reason for the trees deaths was not clear, but the losses may be significant. The AFC began receiving calls about pine trees of all ages and sizes dying, ranging from seedlings to mature trees. Needles frequently turn brown, as do the pitch tubes, indicating bark beetle infestation. Inspections of the dying trees revealed a variety of pests, including Southern pine beetle, Ips engraver beetle, and black turpentine beetle, or a combination of all three. In some cases, the deodar weevil was also present too. Landowners need to monitor the health of their trees and contact the AFC or registered forester before taking action against insect activity. State of Alabama (Montgomery, Ala.), Feb. 13, 2017 and Jasper Daily Mountain Eagle (Ala.), March 19, 2017
2017-01-27winter0Hay, forage in short supply in AlabamaThe drought led many Alabama farmers to postpone or even skip the planting of winter grazing. Some winter forage was growing well, but other fields were complete failures. Alabama farmers have purchased hay from all over the Southeast to feed livestock. Growing Alabama (Albany, Ga.), Jan. 27, 2017
2016-10-12fall0Gov. signed no burn order for all Alabama countiesThe statewide burn ban that took effect in early November ended, said Gov. Robert Bentley and interim State Forester Gary Cole. Recent rainfall alleviated the drought conditions enough to allow outdoor burning again. TimesDaily.com (Florence, Ala.), Dec. 5, 2016 Extensive fire activity led Gov. Robert Bentley to extend a “no burn order” to all Alabama counties. The order previously affected 46 counties. All outdoor burning was prohibited, including camp fires, trash fires, bonfires and all other open burning. Violators may be fined up to $500 and could spend six months in jail. Since Oct. 1, about 1,421 wildfires charred 15,409 acres in Alabama, according to the Alabama Forestry Commission. Montgomery Advertiser (Ala.), Nov. 8, 2016 Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama signed an order banning outdoor fires across most of the state, due to intensifying drought that has led to fast-moving wildfires. Forty-six counties were under a no burn order, while the remaining counties were in a fire alert. According to the Alabama Forestry Commission, 341 wildfires scorched more than 4,100 acres in the past seven days. My San Antonio.com (Texas), Oct. 12, 2016
2016-10-03fall0No campfires, fireworks permitted in Alabama's national forestsCampfires and fireworks were banned in Alabama’s Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee national forests, due to extreme drought conditions increasing the fire danger. The public may not use or build campfires in the national forests, except within developed recreation areas with receptacles designed to hold fires. The fire ban will be in effect through Dec. 31. TimesDaily.com (Florence, Ala.), Oct. 3, 2016
2016-10-01fall0Excessive fire activity in AlabamaSince Oct. 1, about 1,421 wildfires charred 15,409 acres in Alabama, said the governor’s office. This year’s fire figures were far above that from the same time in 2015, when 232 fires burned 1,846 acres. Officials attributed the dramatic increase in fire activity to drought. Birmingham News (Ala.), Nov. 7, 2016 More than 900 wildfires charred more than 100,000 acres in Alabama in October, reported the Alabama Forestry Commission on Oct. 24. Low humidity and a lack of rain have upped the fire danger, prompting Gov. Bentley to sign a Drought Emergency Declaration on Oct. 12. Forty-six counties in north and central Alabama were not to burn materials, while those in south Alabama were in a fire alert. "The situation causes grave concern for fire officials with the agency struggling with reduced availability of both firefighting manpower and suppression resource," said interim State Forester Gary Cole as the state’s streams and rivers began to run dry. Birmingham News (Ala.), Oct. 24, 2016 During the first 17 days of October, the Alabama Forestry Commission recorded 631 fires burning 6,861 acres. In comparison, in the first 17 days of October 2015, there were only 78 fires that blackened 615 acres. WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery (Ala.), Oct. 18, 2016
2016-10-01fall0Alabama Forestry Commission working hard to keep up with multitude of wildfiresThe Alabama Forestry Commission has been working hard to keep up with the number of wildfires burning in the state as severe drought and a lack of manpower add to the challenge. From the start of October through the 24th, the AFC said there had been 910 wildfires charring more than 100,000 acres. Days later, the AFC revised the figure and announced that 1,000 wildfires had burned in October. Once a fire has been snuffed, the AFC firefighters and local fire departments revisit all fire sites to make sure fires have not reignited, which places a large demand on local fire departments with small staffs. The AFC itself has about 120 firefighters. Birmingham News (Birmingham, Ala.), Oct. 27, 2016
2016-10-01fall0Alabama Forestry Commission in need of more funds for fighting firesAs wildfires continued to burn in Alabama, the Forestry Commission has already fought more than 1,900 wildfires that charred 22,750 acres in the first two months of the 2017 fiscal year, which is more than burned in all of 2016. The agency may need more funds on top of the more than $1.1 million already spent to keep battling blazes if the dry weather persisted. The Gov. Robert Bentley directed $690,000 from the Departmental Emergency Fund to the Forestry Commission and more can be requested when lawmakers return for the next legislative session in February. February and March are typically the height of the fire season. TimesDaily.com (Florence, Ala.), Nov. 23, 2016
2016-09-15fall0Less water released from Alabama Power reservoirsThe dry summer has depleted lakes used by Alabama Power to generate electricity. Water levels at Weiss, Neely Henry, and Logan Martin lakes on the Coosa River, Harris and Martin lakes on the Tallapoosa River, and Smith Lake on the Black Warrior River were dropping and were expected to continue to drop. Alabama Power reduced water releases from its hydroelectric dams and stopped recreational releases from Jordan Dam on the Coosa River. Randolph Leader (Ala.), Sept. 15, 2016 and TimesDaily.com (Florence, Ala.), Oct. 29, 2016
2016-07-21summer0Drought warning, watch and advisory in AlabamaLimited rainfall and high temperatures led the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to announce a drought warning, watch and advisory for parts of the state. Counties in the drought warning include Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan. The drought watch encompasses Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Cullman, Etowah, Jefferson, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Walker, and Winston. In the drought advisory are Autauga, Bibb, Bullock, Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Elmore, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Washington, and Wilcox counties. Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, July 21, 2016
2015-10-16fall0700 acre wildfire in Winston County, AlabamaDry, windy weather allowed a small fire on Oct. 16 to grow into a 700 acre wildfire in the Bankhead National Forest in northern Alabama. WAFF-TV NBC 48 Huntsville (Ala.), Oct. 21, 2015
2014-08-29summer0Cotton and peanut yields slipping in southeastern AlabamaThe lack of rain was chipping away at cotton and peanut yields in southeastern Alabama, but rainfall could prevent further deterioration. Dothan Eagle (Ala.), Aug. 29, 2014
2012-09-13fall0Water lines break in Randolph, AlabamaWater line breaks were causing problems in Roanoke and dropping water pressure to hazardous levels. The chairman of the city of Roanoke Water, Sewage, Gas and Filter Plant board said the “ground was like powder” and blamed drought for the breaks. Valves were being installed in the city’s new water lines, which are not yet in use, to be able to shut off water to a small section of the city when a line breaks to hopefully avoid a drop in water pressure throughout the city as more water line breaks occur. Randolph Leader (Ala.), Sept. 13, 2012
2011-12-01winter0Peanut store in Birmingham, Alabama upped the price of a bag of peanutsA store that specializes in peanuts in Birmingham increased the price for a bag of peanuts from $3 to $4 beginning on December 1. There has been a nationwide 30 to 40 percent uptick in prices on peanuts and peanut products since drought and fewer planted acres of peanuts reduced the size of the crop. Birmingham News (Ala.), Dec. 6, 2011
2010-11-22fall0Alabama Power retaining more water in its lakesAlabama Power sought a temporary variance to allow it to retain more water during the winter in Weiss, Logan Martin, R.L. Harris and Martin lakes in case the dry conditions continue. In addition, it also intends to cut the flow through the hydroelectric dams by 10 percent to 4,176 cubic feet per second (cfs), down from 4,640 cfs on the Tallapoosa and Coosa rivers. Birmingham News (AL), Nov. 22
2010-11-02fall0Campfires prohibited outside of desginated areas in national forests in AlabamaThe U.S. Forest Service has prohibited campfires except in designated areas within national forests in Alabama until December 31 due to the rising fire danger from drought. TimesDaily.com (AL), Nov. 2
2010-10-05fall0Campfires prohibited in the Sipsey Wilderness AreaThe U.S. Forest Service prohibits the use of campfires within the Sipsey Wilderness Area in the Bankhead National Forest through October 31 due to dry conditions increase the fire danger. Gas-fueled stoves and backpacking stoves are acceptable. Just 1.5 inches of rain fell in Bankhead Forest in September, whereas the area usually receives 6.5 inches. TimesDaily.com (AL), Oct. 5
2010-09-09fall0DeKalb County reports over 40 wildfires since Sept. 9, 2010Since Sept. 9, DeKalb County has had 41 fires burn 350 acres, which is much greater than average. A state forestry specialist reports that over the last 3 years, DeKalb County has averaged about 20 fires annually.
2010-08-02summer0Soybeans, cotton in Cherokee and Etowah counties badly damagedA father and son team who farms in Cherokee and Etowah counties says that their soybeans are nearly a “total loss” since the leaves of the plants became yellow. The cotton is badly damaged, but may yield a little cotton. Gadsden Times (AL), Aug. 2
2010-08-02summer0Cotton in Cherokee County hampered by drought, heatThe cotton in the western part of Cherokee County, near Centre and Pollard’s Bend to the Etowah County border, was roughly knee-high and yellow due to drought and heat, according to an extension agent for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service. Gadsden Times (AL), Aug. 2
2010-07-15summer0Dry pastures in Lee County spur livestock producers to provide hay for animalsThe lack of grass in pastures forced ranchers to begin feeding hay to their animals in the middle of the summer, according to a horticulturalist and extension agent for Lee County. Tulsa World (OK), Dec. 13
2010-04-15spring0Tennessee Valley Authority switched to conservation flows at Wheeler DamThe Tennessee Valley Authority is operating the Wheeler Dam at conservation flows to retain more water, given the recent dry conditions, according to the general manager of river scheduling for the Tennessee Valley Authority.
2010-04-15spring0Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant prepared for low river flowThe cooling towers at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens are being readied for use in case Tennessee River flows remain low, according to the general manager of river scheduling for the Tennessee Valley Authority.
2010-04-15spring0Rising fire danger prompted warning against outdoor burning in Lauderdale CountyThe director of the Florence-Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency urges people to refrain from burning materials outdoors due to the dry conditions and asks that burns not be executed until the area receives substantial rain. He also noted that there were an elevated number of escaped debris fires lately.
2007-01-01winter0Sod farmer sued for water use, hurt by water restrictionsA sod farmer in Harpersville revealed that he was sued by Alabama Power Co. because he drew water from the Coosa River to irrigate his 250-acre sod farm. The power company claims that his water use detracted from the amount of hydropower generated. Water restrictions meant that there were fewer customers willing to purchase sod, given that they couldn’t water it adequately.
2007-01-01winter0Fire impact from Media submitted on 9/14/2007More than 4,000 wildfires have consumed over 68,000 acres in Alabama so far in 2007. Annually Alabama loses an average of 40,000 acres to fire. Impact Source: Media More Information: http://www.thethomasvilletimes.com/news/2007/0913/Front_Page/042.html
2007-01-01winter0Plants & Wildlife impact from Media submitted on 10/30/2007Landowners planted 185,000 to 200,000 acres of new trees statewide this year, but nearly all of them failed due to the lack of rainfall. A planting is considered successful if 70 % to 80 % of the trees survive, but the Alabama Forestry Commission stated that only a little over half of the seedlings survived the dry summer. Only 48 % of the trees planted in the northwestern part of the state survived, while in Walker County, a mere 17 % of the seedlings survived. In Bibb County, 68 % of the seedlings survived. The collective loss is $25 million to $30 million in seedlings. Impact Source: Media More Information: http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1193732389164090.xml&coll=2 Monetary Loss: $25 million
2007-01-01winter0Agriculture impact from Media submitted on 11/20/2007The commissioner for the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries stated that farmers in Alabama had suffered losses of up to $250 million, due to the drought. The losses include the cost of cattle replacement and crop damage. Impact Source: Media More Information: http://www.troymessenger.com/articles/2007/11/19/news/news02.txt Monetary Loss: $250 million
2007-01-01winter0Agriculture impact from Media submitted on 1/11/2008Forage production in Alabama was down by 80 % in 2007, said state officials. In addition, 47 % of Alabama’s forage and pastures were in “very poor” condition in comparison with only 16 % in the previous year. Impact Source: Media More Information: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119992638356879607.html
2007-01-01winter0Agriculture impact from Media submitted on 1/23/2008The average cotton yield in Alabama was 499 pounds of lint per acre, which is 80 pounds lower than in 2006 and 296 pounds lower than 1985, the year with the highest yield on record for Alabama. Despite the drought, the peanut yield was 100 pounds per acre higher than in 2006, according to the Alabama branch of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Impact Source: Media More Information: http://www.dothaneagle.com/gulfcoasteast/dea/local_news.apx.-content-articles-DEA-2008-01-23-0005.html
2007-01-01winter0Relief, Response & Restrictions impact from Media submitted on 2/5/2008Small businesses in all Alabama counties are eligible for federal disaster loans from the Small Business Administration for losses in revenue due to drought since January 1, 2007. The declaration makes small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and nurseries eligible for loans through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Farmers and ranchers should not apply. Applications must be received by March 3, 2008. Impact Source: Media More Information: http://www.kswo.com/Global/story.asp?S=7819929&nav=menu495_8
2007-01-01winter0Agriculture impact from Media submitted on 11/12/2008Drought lowered the average crop yields in Alabama in 2007. The average cotton yield was 733 pounds per acre; the average corn yield was 79 bushels per acre; and the soybean yield was 21 bushels per acre, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Impact Source: Media More Information: http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20081112/NEWS/811110275
2006-12-15winter0Agriculture impact from Media submitted on 12/15/2006Farmers across Northern Alabama report that continued drought conditions are affecting their cattle production businesses. The drought conditions have caused a shortage of available hay for feed. In turn, some producers have been forced to cull cattle herds or seek alternative, more expensive cattle feed sources. Impact Source: Media More Information: http://www.whnt.com/Global/story.asp?S=5817135

To view simple examples of impacts reported in the past in each state at different levels of drought, check out our tables of historically observed impacts.