Last week, federal meteorologists upgraded the area’s drought status to “moderate to severe.” . . .
Forecasters say the drought is not expected to lift for at least one to three months and may continue for a year. At this point, the reservoirs and ground water are so low that even normal summertime rains would be far too little to end the drought, meteorologists say. . . .
Parts of south Alabama are more than 20 inches below the normal year-to-date rainfall.
Many crops are dead in the fields, and 48 Alabama counties have been declared agricultural disaster areas. Friday, the Alabama Forestry Commission issued a statement saying forest fires are so fierce and tall, the fire environment has become “scary.”
To the bafflement of insect experts, gigantic yellow jacket nests have started turning up in old barns, unoccupied houses, cars and underground cavities across the southern two-thirds of Alabama.
The second tropical depression of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season formed off the North Carolina coast Tuesday, and a tropical storm watch was issued for the eastern part of the state.
The House on Tuesday rejected a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, ending for another year a congressional debate that supporters of the ban hope will still reverberate in this fall’s election.
The 236-187 vote for the proposal to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman was 47 short of the two-thirds majority needed to advance a constitutional amendment. It followed six weeks after the Senate also decisively defeated the amendment, a top priority of social conservatives.
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