South Mississippi in exceptional drought

The lower six South Mississippi counties are in an exceptional drought, the worst level according to the U.S. Drought Monitor released this morning.

However, the cutoff time for the information used for the monitor was 6 a.m. Tuesday, so the rain this area received Tuesday and Wednesday was not taken into account.

Other parts of the state saw their drought level worsen and now are in an extreme drought.

Weather experts have said it will take a steady tropical-like rain for drought conditions to improve, but the afternoon summer thunderstorms will help.

For more on this story, see Friday's editions of the Sun Herald.