DROUGHT CONDITIONS CREATE CREATE MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS
By WVUA 23 Web Writer Spencer Main
Every day residents don’t use their umbrellas, they grow increasingly concerned. With the entire state of Alabama in a drought, people are searching for answers to the inconsistent weather cycle.
As trade winds weakened and water temperature increased, a weather system referred to as El Nino, shifted to the eastern United States and brought drought conditions along with it.
As the summer turned into fall, El Nino transformed into La Nina and shows potential to stay active for winter.
“We hope that this la Nina event is fairly week so it may not be a very significant player, so it may return to normal within a few months,” said Dr. Sagy Cohen, assistant professor at the University of Alabama. “I hope that’s going to happen but again statistically it doesn’t look very good.”
People across the state have more questions than answers as wildfires continue to ignite and water continues to disappear.
“If you go camping, do it responsibly,” Cohen said. “Make sure you don’t leave anything that can ignite a wildfire because once these things start in such dry conditions it’s very hard to contain them.”
Farmers have seen production decrease and their costs steadily rise as the drought continues to spread across the state.
“They’re going to have a shortage of grazing hay,” Cohen said. “They won’t be able to feed their cattle as much, and the cost of hay is expected to increase as well.”
Even as Lake Tuscaloosa’s reservoir continues to prevent an extreme drought, people are encourage to check their pipes and toilets for any leaks that could jeopardize the water they have left.