Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Blount counties have been designated as extreme drought areas by the USDA’s U.S. Drought Monitor.
Two consecutive months of extremely warm weather in the low to mid 90s and little or no rain in the month of September has caused parks and soccer fields to prematurely brown and gardens to wilt.
“Our ecoscape gardens which are very drought resistant and “hardy”, are very stressed right now,” stated Road Hazelhoff, director of the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham Southern College.
The National Forest Service in Alabama have already issued campfire restrictions and a fireworks ban.
Last week, the Birmingham Water Works Board issued a Drought Advisory, asking customers to begin conservation measures.
No rain is predicted for the next 10 days. Expect drought conditions to worsen in the month of October.