SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - Drought conditions have begun to improve in Southwest Louisiana, according to the drought monitor released each Thursday.
Areas along the Sabine River that use to be shaded yellow indicating abnormally dry conditions are no longer shaded, as the rain we have received in the last week has improved conditions in this area.
Eastern portions of Vernon, Beauregard, Calcasieu, and Cameron are still seeing abnormally dry conditions. Most of Allen and northern Jeff Davis are seeing moderate drought conditions.
According to the United States drought monitor, the conditions we are experiencing are short term and expected to last less than six months.
Our drought conditions have improved due to the above normal rainfall we have seen in the first 12 days of this month. According to the National Weather Service, we are above normal for this month by 1.7 inches, but right at average for year-to-date rainfall. At the end of last month, June, we were short on rainfall aiding in the increase in drought conditions, but we have since made up that deficit and are on a track to surpass the normal amount of rainfall typically seen for the month of July.
With rain chances still in the forecast through the foreseeable future hopefully we alleviate any drought or abnormally dry conditions seen.