Much of Alabama has been hot and dry since 20 June, with little in the way of widespread rainfall. This recent dry spell has substantially decreased the near-surface soil moisture, as depicted by the 1-km NASA Land Information System (LIS) output over the state. The before and after images show the 0-10 cm soil moisture from 20 June and 8 July. (Click on image twice to view full size.) Numerous areas have seen the volumetric soil moisture (i.e. percent of soil volume occupied by water) decrease by about a factor of 2. FYI, the LIS is being run in real-time at SPoRT to provide supplemental data to the NWS Birmingham, AL for their experimental convective initiation forecasts this summer.