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Climate Prediction Center Watching Out for Drought

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CLEVELAND, Miss.–The NOAA Climate Prediction Center is watching out for a drought in the north half of Mississippi. According to a Facebook post published by the National Weather Service Jackson office, the center is monitoring a “threat for continued above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation across the South through next week”.

“This will put a strain on local vegetation in the region – in our area especially across northern Mississippi where rainfall deficits are greater right now. 60-day percent of normal precipitation and departure from normal temperatures are provided for reference,” read the post.

National Weather Service forecaster Eric Carpenter told Delta Radio it doesn’t take long for problems to start once the ground is deprived of significant rainfall.

“Once we start moving into the heart of summer it doesn’t take long for things to dry out,” he said.

Carpenter noted that conditions are nowhere near what they were in July and August of 2023.

“Many people may not realize that June is actually one of the driest months of the year,” he said. “Just a few dry days with these kids of temperatures can cause some problems.”