The US Drought Monitor reported that a severe to extreme drought has blanketed locales from Mississippi to Georgia, down to Tennessee. It has also reached exceptional levels near the northern border of Georgia and Alabama.
Meteorologists said these parched areas will find no respite as there are no signs of rain coming down to fill streams, lakes, and reservoirs through the end of the month.
"High pressure will hold over the Southeast and Deep South, promoting dry and largely sunny conditions," AccuWeather meteorologist Maggie Samuhel reported.
“There can be some rain, the best rain they probably have seen in a while, during the middle to latter part of the first week of November," AccuWeather long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok added, "but still not enough to break any drought."
Further, Pastelok said a pattern will shift in the third week of November with strong fronts reaching the East, but with wide sweeps of drier are following them.
"So even if there is a half-day of rain from a front, there will be 2-3 days of drying behind," Pastelok explained, "so drought conditions will stick through the fall and into the start of winter."
Early winter weather pattern "is not good news for precipitation," he also noted.
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