Several weeks of dry conditions are leading to worsening drought across Arkansas. Even though a few spots have received some rainfall over the last couple of days, the isolated and brief nature of the rain has not been enough to alleviate the dry conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor now shows parts of Arkansas under moderate drought, with dry conditions across much the State. The areas considered dry will go into drought conditions soon if no significant rain occurs.
Drought conditions are nowhere near as bad as they were this time last year. By mid- July of 2012, much of Arkansas was under severe to extreme drought.
Fire danger is quickly increasing due to the dry weather. Burn bans are now in effect for numerous Arkansas Counties.
(County Burn Bans as of 10PM Friday July 12th)
The outlook for any significant rain is slim going into next week, which will likely lead to worsening drought conditions and more burn bans.