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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007

Next rain in Decatur could be 10 days out, experts say

A rainstorm that moved through Decatur on Wednesday could be the last precipitation the Valley-area will see in the next 10 days.

Robert Boyd, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Huntsville, said Decatur received 0.14 inches of rainfall Wednesday, which likely did little to reverse the extreme drought conditions for most of North and Central Alabama.

Weekly drought conditions are updated Thursday morning. The next rainfall forecast for Decatur is May 26-27, Boyd said.

Huntsville received 0.17 inches of rain Wednesday and is 1.91 inches below a May average of 2.69 inches. Rainfall totals for the year place Huntsville 13.86 inches below normal, Boyd said.

The weather bureau doesn't have monthly or yearly averages for Decatur.

- Chris Paschenko

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