There has been a noticeable deficit of rainfall over the past several weeks and the resulting dry pattern has allowed our drought conditions to continue in the Commonwealth.
From Nov. 1 to Dec. 23, there’s only been 1.47″ of rainfall measured at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. As of Dec. 23, this results in a 3.94″ rainfall deficit for Roanoke since Nov. 1.
Needless to say, recent rainfall in the region has been sparse and most of the viewing area is in a Moderate or Severe Drought Classification.
The U.S. Drought Monitor is released each week on Thursday. The most recent report reveals the Moderate Drought area has been expanded. Last week, the Moderate Drought covered the Piedmont region to the Blue Ridge Parkway. However, today it has been expanded to the I-81 corridor.
Many issues are associated with this situation for Virginia, and little relief is expected as only light rain is in the forecast until at least next week. The reservoirs are down, streamflow’s are well below normal and the moisture content of the soil is very dry. Crops are being impacted as hay and pasture plants are generating low yields. Fire Danger is obviously high and there is no rain that would be considered “beneficial” rain until at least the middle of next week.
A few counties in the viewing area have instituted burn bans, meaning there will be consequences for anyone caught burning anything outdoors. You could be brought up on Misdemeanor Charges and or be fined up to 500.00 dollars.
For the latest forecast, including upcoming rain chances, visit WFXR Pinpoint Weather.