It may not look like it, but Calhoun County and much of the rest of Alabama are still in a drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Days of intermittent rain have left puddles on the streets and a springlike humidity to the air, but the southern half of the county is still “abnormally dry” for the year and the northern half is still in “moderate drought” according to the Drought Monitor, a joint federal and academic project that measures drought conditions nationwide.
“It’s more of a hydrological situation, long-term,” said Jason Holmes, a forecaster with the National Weather Service’s office in Calera. “Stream flows are still below normal.”
Holmes said Calhoun County residents in coming days can expect more of the kind of weather they’ve seen this week. A front is expected to stall over the area this weekend, bringing more warm weather and a quarter- to a half-inch of rain. A second front on Tuesday could bring stronger rainstorms, Holmes said.
Temperatures are expected to stay warm, with a high of 70 on Friday. Holmes said there’s still a chance colder weather could return.
“This pattern is springlike, but it’s too soon to say that winter’s over,” he said.