Rain helps, but burn bans and drought remain
Lonoke County lifts prohibition as state still 4 to 6 inches below normal.
Drought conditions are widespread across the state, and Arkansas is still well below average for rainfall.
Burn bans had been put in place since Nov. 25 in Pulaski, Lonoke and White counties, where drought persists.
Lonoke County Judge Doug Erwin lifted his burn ban on Tuesday morning after the overnight storm.
Pulaski and White counties have kept their burn bans in place.
Meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh of the National Weather Service in Little Rock said the overnight rain, while a welcome relief, won’t go very far in helping get the state back to normal rain levels and end the drought.
“Rainfall from the storms that moved across the state will probably not have a significant impact on drought conditions because we received anywhere from one half inch to two inches of rain across the state.
The rainfall deficit just from November across Arkansas ranged from four to six inches below normal for most locations, so our one half to two inches of rain doesn’t even make up most of that,” he said.
Adriane Barnes, director of communications for the state Argricultural Department, which includes the Forestry Commission, said on Tuesday there were no wildfires burning in Arkansas and that 50 counties still had active burn bans in effect.
Locally, Pulaski, Lonoke and White counties remain in moderate to extreme droughts.