Southeast Louisiana officially slipped into a drought this week, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department's weekly Drought Monitor.
While most of the area is classified as being in a "moderate drought," the USDA says Orleans Parish and parts of St. Tammany and extreme northern Plaquemines Parish are now in a "severe drought."
Bob Breck, FOX 8 Chief Meteorologist, blames "the absence of these tropical waves (that) come across from Africa that normally arrive every three to four days, increasing our shower chances" during the summer months.
While the slow hurricane season was a welcome relief, the Gulf of Mexico generally produced less in the way of precipitation. Breck said the normal winter pattern of Gulf lows bringing widespread, drenching rains also has yet to take shape.
"We just need a couple of those good winter time storms."
The area's rain deficit, which began several months ago, now stands at 8 inches below normal for the year.