Portions of Southwest Virginia under Moderate Drought

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The lack of rain in the month of September impacts the agricultural industry in various ways.

The lack of rain in the month of September impacts the agricultural industry in various ways.

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Portions of Southwest Virginia are experiencing Moderate Drought conditions due to a lack of rainfall and above-average temperatures.

According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, 33.5% of the commonwealth is experiencing Abnormally Dry conditions and 4.7% of the state is experiencing Moderate Drought conditions.

Here are the following rainfall totals for the month of September since Sept. 11:

  • Roanoke: 0.63″
  • Blacksburg: 0.93″
  • Lynchburg: Trace amount of rainfall
  • Danville: 0.01″
  • Bluefield: 0.06″

Much of the rainfall recorded in Blacksburg and Roanoke were a result of thunderstorms that passed through the area on Wednesday.

Agricultural areas in Southwest Virginia, including those who deal with cattle and hay, could experience a negative impact from the lack of rain in the area.

Moderate Drought conditions can cause:

  • Some damage to crops, pastures
  • Developing water shortages
  • Voluntary water-use restrictions requested

As a cold front approaches the region Thursday evening into Friday, rain chances will increase for the area. Scattered light rain showers and drizzle are possible throughout Southwest Virginia.

Drought monitor data is updated each Tuesday and released on Thursday.

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