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Drought continues in Mid-South

Source: NOAA CPC Source: NOAA CPC

Dry conditions have plagued the Mid-South for the past two months and will likely continue for at least the next few weeks. September ended with a nearly 2.5 inch rain deficit for the month, and so far, the month of October is nearly an inch below average. 

Although the whole Mid-South is abnormally dry, north Mississippi remains the bullseye of the drought. Almost all of Mississippi still remains at moderate drought levels and counties like Lafayette and Panola are in a severe drought. 

In an effort to reduce risk, the Mississippi Forestry Commission has placed most of Mississippi under a burn ban through the end of the month. This makes it a misdemeanor to purposely violate a burn ban, and the person can be fined $100 to $500. 

There is a low chance for scattered showers at the end of this week, but the highest rain chances will be for areas along and north of I-40, which means the areas that need it most likely won't have enough measurable rain to eliminate the drought.

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is forecasting a high likelihood of below average rainfall in our area for the rest of October and a chance for slightly lower precipitation values through November. 

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