October 20, 2015
“When Will It Rain?” is a once-popular song by the band Jackyl that told the story of a person suffering in the summer heat. While the heat is leaving central Arkansas, it doesn’t seem like the rain is coming.
“We basically have what is classified as drought conditions in the southern half of the state,” says Chris Buonanno, science and operation officer for the National Weather Service. “It gets worse in severity as you go south toward the Louisiana border.”
A drought is a period of below-average precipitation, which can result in prolonged shortages in water supply.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which was updated Oct. 15, most of the southern half of Arkansas, 45.19 percent of the state, is categorized as being in a “severe drought.” The extreme southern counties bordering Louisiana are classified as being in either an “extreme drought,” 10.7 percent of the state, or an “exceptional drought,” 1.78 percent of the state. Much of the northern half of the state is categorized as “abnormally dry.”