Drought conditions picking up across South Arkansas
Drought conditions picking up across South Arkansas.
This is the first day of spring, and drought has crept into weather conditions in South Arkansas.
The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that most of South Arkansas has received adequate rainfall, but that the southern portions of Miller, Lafayette, Columbia and Union counties are “abnormally dry,” the lowest intensity of five levels of drought.
Most of Northwest Arkansas is in moderate to severe drought, with portions of Sebastian, Crawford and Franklin counties in extreme drought.
At least 77 percent of Arkansas is in some level of drought.
magnoliareporter.com has recorded 1.32 inches of rain in March, and a total of 11.17 inches since January 1.
Through this point in 2016, magnoliareporter.com had recorded year-to-date rainfall of 11.77 inches.
The National Weather Service in Shreveport gives Magnolia a slight chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday, with a 50 percent chance for storms on Friday.
Otherwise, daytime highs Monday and Tuesday will be in the mid 80s with overnight lows in the 50s.
High temperatures later in the week will be in the upper 70s.