Friday, June 24, 2011

It's Getting Dry...Again.

Summer is now in full swing, and from the standpoint of annual rainfall, it's looking scarily similar to last year. Our rainfall deficit to date is -2.97", compared to -3.35" at this point last year. We're ahead of the pace from 2010, but not by much, and with a dry weekend ahead, the gap will narrow even more. The top graphic above shows current drought conditions across the state. The area across far SE VA has been upgraded to a severe drought, while a broad area of moderate drought conditions persists for the rest of Hampton Roads, the Middle Peninsula, and the Northern Neck. There is a bright spot on the near horizon in the second graphic. An upper-level disturbance will move into the area on Monday (the blob of yellow across northern VA), bringing us a chance for rain. It's by no means a drought buster, but every bit helps. Enjoy the weekend! -Zach