Thursday, July 15, 2010
Drought Update July 15: Eastern Shore Included in Moderate Drought
Despite the scattered afternoon and nighttime thunderstorms we had earlier this week that produced localized totals from a half inch to around two inches, drought conditions did not change in the main body of Virginia and continued to expand since last week's Drought Update onto the Eastern Shore. Now about 37% of Virginia is in D1, the first level of drought. While these quick rain events do help with river and stream levels, as Zach mentioned in our previous blog, they aren't significant and lasting enough to raise the soil moisture content out of the drought and abnormally dry conditions prevalent across nearly the entire state.