Drought Monitor: No change to local area
The Baton Rouge area is no longer under extreme drought, but severe drought continues.
After 2021 finished as the third wettest year on record for Baton Rouge, drought conditions persist across south Louisiana.
There has been no change to the local drought conditions in the last week. The local area has seen some improvements in the past month, but south Louisiana is still far behind on rainfall. So far this year, Baton Rouge has picked up 12.97 inches of rain. Baton Rouge typically accumulates 23.43 inches of rain by this week in the year.
Even with an inch or two of rainfall in the 7-day forecast, there will likely not be any significant progress in the next week.
There are five classifications of drought.
D0 - Abnormally Dry
D1 - Moderate Drought
D2 - Severe Drought
D3 - Extreme Drought
D4 - Exceptional Drought
The Parishes in the WBRZ viewing area currently have drought conditions that range from moderately dry(D1) to extremely dry(D3). Extreme drought is now isolated to coastal locations.
As drought is uncommon for this region, the symptoms have been mild thus far. The few instances of grass fires in the area may become more common as drought continues. Under an extreme drought grass stops growing, trees are stressed and creeks and bayous are low.
Historically, extreme drought conditions lead to a number of problems. Rice crops become more expensive to maintain, soybean yields are also reduced. While the rivers and bayous are low, saltwater can intrude. That makes river water too salty for irrigation. Trees continue to be drought stressed and the crawfish population falls. Water pressure may fall and officials may ask for voluntary water restrictions. The burn ban from February was lifted, but a new one could be added as fires become more difficult to extinguish. Springtime allergies may worsen and the air quality may drop.
WBRZ keeps a crawfish price index. CLICK HERE to check it out.
The drought conditions are monitored and updated weekly. Stay with The Storm Station for updates as they become available.
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