Here in northern Alabama we have gone from very dry and severe drought conditions to a surplus of rain recently. To see this, take a look at relative soil moisture changes over the last week. The first image is the 0-10 cm relative soil moisture valid this morning at 4 am CDT.
Now. take a look at values at the end of the oppressive heat wave that brought days of 100F+ temperatures to the area and little to no rainfall. The graphic below depicts the same soil moisture conditions on the morning of July 5th.
Significant changes can even be observed in the 0-200 cm integrated-relative soil moisture. The plot below shows changes over the one week period ending at 4 am CDT this morning.
These plots will continue to be very useful when assessing soil moisture for input to the U.S. Drought Monitor next week.