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Drought persists despite rain earlier this week

South Mississippi remains under moderate drought. Areas to our north are seeing even worse conditions. South Mississippi remains under moderate drought. Areas to our north are seeing even worse conditions.
Biloxi has received below normal rainfall so far this meteorological fall. Biloxi has received below normal rainfall so far this meteorological fall.
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Remember all those raindrops you saw on Monday and Tuesday, earlier this week? It wasn't enough to put a dent in our drought, according to The National Drought Mitigation Center.

In their Thursday drought monitor update, all of South Mississippi remained under moderate drought.

"As vegetation dries out, conditions are becoming more favorable for grass fires and wildfires," read a Thursday statement from the National Weather Service. The statement went on to say that warmer than normal temperatures around mid-November could help to contribute to even drier conditions.

Outdoor burning is still banned across most of Mississippi, including parts of the WLOX area in South Mississippi.

"We have seen less than normal rainfall so far this season in Biloxi, leading to drier than normal conditions," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "And Thursday's 7-day rainfall forecast does not show much rain on the way heading into next week. So, our drought will likely continue if not worsen."

Fall is typically the year's driest season for the central Gulf Coast region.

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