The western part of the United States is on the verge of an arid and potentially very dangerous drought with some areas reporting that they are at risk of running out of water in just a few months. On Tuesday, the National Weather Service reported that flash floods had caused extensive flooding in both Little Rock and Fayetteville. That news came on the heels of one of the worst thunderstorms to hit Arkansas in years, which left one person dead. But there are many other areas of Arkansas that will be affected by this drought.
Another major event in the forecast is a steady threat of moderate to heavy rain over Arkansas and across the northern plains on Wednesday night into Thursday morning. This storm may produce more heavy precipitation than it normally does, especially in areas of the western part of the state where the rain is expected to fall heavily. Meanwhile, the weather service has issued a tornado warning for a large section of central and southern Arkansas. Heavy rains and flash floods are also expected to occur in Arkansas’ Eastern Panhandle and the southern panhandle of Mississippi.
There are still several counties in Arkansas not covered by the National Weather Service’s forecast of this severe drought. These areas are still expected to be hit by a series of storms later this week, but the intensity of these storms will be less. Areas of Arkansas that have seen record-breaking droughts in recent years will be seeing their droughts worsen. A series of storms is likely to be occurring in this area from mid-to-late June until mid-July.
For people who live in Arkansas, the state of Arkansas News is the best place to find up-to-date and comprehensive information about this drought. Arkansas’ Arkansas News website provides an interactive map that allows users to select a particular county to see the area covered by that county’s forecast. This map will give users an exact reading of the areas that are at risk of having significant or widespread damage from this drought in Arkansas.
On the Arkansas State University website, Arkansas US News provides an interesting article with some good details on the threat of the drought to the state’s infrastructure. As the state’s population increases and its dependence on fossil fuels continues to rise, the state’s needs will become increasingly reliant on natural resources. This means that the availability of energy will only increase over time, so an increasing number of people will rely on coal, oil, and other fossil fuels. As fossil fuels become more expensive, people in Arkansas and across the country will find that they will need to switch to alternative energy sources.
In Arkansas’ Arkansas US News, the state’s Governor’s Office of Natural Resources offers some valuable advice about the drought and what is being done to prepare for the effects of the drought. There is some good information here, but it is not complete since it does not cover all of the concerns of the drought in Arkansas. For example, it only mentions the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which is responsible for ensuring that water conservation is achieved through various sources.
It is not clear whether this DNR will have any role to play in ensuring that the Arkansas River and its tributaries continue to provide clean and safe water for Arkansas. It does, however, point out that a significant percentage of this drought’s effects can be expected to be averted through adequate rainfall and snow runoff that is not contributing to flooding.
A state drought report released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in January indicates that the chances of a severe drought are very likely to continue through the end of the summer of 2020. However, there are some areas of Arkansas that have experienced an unusually large amount of rain. The spring season has also seen record rainfall, which is encouraging for those who have been impacted by the drought. More rain is still needed, though, if there is to be any chance of alleviating the drought.