- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama’s rainfall picture looks better this week than it did a year ago.

New statistics from the U.S. Drought Monitor show 60 percent of the state is either abnormally dry or experiencing some sort of drought conditions.

The situation is an improvement from the same time in 2013, when 71 percent of the state was dry.

The latest report shows that areas north of Birmingham to the Tennessee line are experiencing normal rainfall for the year.

But areas to the south are at a deficit for rainfall. Alabama’s driest area is along the coast, where southern Baldwin and Mobile counties are classified as being in a severe drought.

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