Drought conditions continue to improve across the area with recent slow rains helping to replenish the streams and reservoirs. In fact, the Drought Monitor shows most of the extreme drought conditions erased with just a few areas of ‘abnormally dry’ across the Ozarks.
By the numbers, Northwest Arkansas is 114% of the normal in Fayetteville with 16.22” of rain reported and 14.17” falling on average during the months of Jan-April.
In the River Valley, Fort Smith is 113% of normal with 15.58” reported compared to the normal total of 14.17 during the same time period.
More rain is in the forecast on Thursday and Friday (May 9th & 10th) and rainfall totals for the month of April will end above normal. In 2012, both Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley were below normal in April with just under 3” for both locations.
The outlook for the summer is for drier and warmer than normal conditions but the extreme variability in the pattern lately suggests it’s anyone’s guess how this summer will unfold.