Rain chances increasing for parched Alabama, Georgia
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters say rain chances are increasing in Alabama and Georgia, where drought conditions are worsening after weeks of dry weather.
The National Weather Service says rains spreading eastward will increase the chance of rain in both states through early next week. Some areas could get as much as 6 inches of rain, and rainfall projections of 4 inches are common.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says more than 90 percent of Georgia is abnormally dry or in a moderate drought, and more than 40 percent of Alabama has the same problem.
Forecasters say the dry weather has been caused by a subtropical high that cut off the flow of moisture into the region, leading to record high temperatures. Some places haven’t received rain in nearly three weeks.