Isaac may have caused -- and still be causing -- misery on the Gulf Coast, but its arrival over the middle Mississippi Valley is welcome relief for drought-stricken farmers.
The tropical depression is expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain over Arkansas and Missouri before heading into the Ohio River Valley over the weekend.
"We’ve got a much-needed rainfall,’’ said Tommy Jackson of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.
David Miskus, a meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, said that a slow, steady rain would improve drought conditions.
"I had 2 ½ inches in my rain gauge, and I didn’t even have a puddle in my yard,’’ Shane McElroy, an Arkansas cattle rancher, said in an interview. "It just all soaked in, which was great.’’
"Is it going to fix this problem? No sir,’’ he added. "It’s going to help, but it’s not going to help over a long period.’’