JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Friday afternoon Region Eight was bone dry according to StormTRACK Doppler 8. We are currently under the influence of an area of high pressure. This brings us dry and nice weather like we have seen the last few days. But at the same time it's blocking storm systems from heading toward Region 8.
The lack of rainfall this year has taken its toll on everyone's yard and leaving them brown and dry like kindling. The bad news, that's not all. The drought's severity can also be seen on area ponds. They continue to recede every week as the faucet from the sky has been turned off.
The U.S. Drought Monitor currently places most of Region 8 in some form of drought. The Delta and Missouri Bootheel are currently in a severe to extreme drought. As you get closer to the Ozarks the conditions start to improve.
So far for the month of November we are nearly two inches of rain below average. For the year we need 13 inches of rain just to get back to average.
The new U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook for the November to January time period doesn't look promising for a large portion of the southern United States. As we zoom in to Region 8 it doesn't get any better. The outlook says the drought is expected to persist or intensify.
We do have rain in the forecast on Saturday, but it's not going to be a drought buster.