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Drought Conditions May Be Too Tough for Isaac

August brought more dry weather to the Mid-South. Deficits continue to grow. Isaac will bring temporary relief to the Mid-South, but may not cure the drought.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Summer in the Mid-South brought extreme heat during June and July and more dry conditions during August. The National Weather Service expects this summer to be the 7th driest summer on record.

Eastern counties in the Mid-South have received some relief in the recent weeks, while areas across west TN and eastern Arkansas have fallen further into drought. Most of the area is still outlined in D-4 Extreme Drought by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Forecasters have claimed that a tropical system could be the solution to Mid-South drought problems. Tropical Storm Isaac may help, but it may also not completely wash away the drought. The track of Isaac continues to shift farther west with the center of the storm traveling through Little Rock, Arkansas.

Ben Schott with the National Weather Service says, “Rainfall may not be as impressive as you would hope or want. Some parts may see 2 inches of rain.”

Rain deficits across the entire area are so low, forecasters say that 2 inches of rain will provide us with temporary relief, but will not be enough to bring the Mid-South out of drought.

Isaac will weaken quickly once it makes landfall. Forecasters say in order for the storm to drop more rain in the Mid-South, it would have to be a stronger hurricane before making landfall.

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