From a wet summer to a very dry start to fall 10/1

As of September 1st, our weather pattern changed from wet, to dry.

Rainfall this summer has been pretty plentiful. In fact, most of the southeast and Mid-Atlantic have seen record rainfall amounts. In the city of Harrisonburg we broke a 24 hour rainfall total record, with just over 5" of rain within a 24 hour period. Of course that created flooding concerns and many areas from May through July saw flooding.

Take a look at rainfall so far this year, notice the uptick this summer.

Most of this has been thanks to a trough set up in parts of the Ohio and Tennessee Valley.

Not only were temperatures this summer not excessive, but there was plenty of rainfall.

So far, since basically the beginning of September, the faucet shut off- and the rain just about stopped entirely.

For the month of September, there was only one day with rain, one! 

That was Saturday September 21st.



The moisture from the 16th and 22nd was from fog/dew.

There has been many foggy mornings this month, which is basically the only moisture the ground has seen other than that one day of rain.

There has also been a lack of tropical moisture, usually our area can pick up on a little bit of moisture either from a storm, or a remnant tropical storm but this year's hurricane season has been extremely quiet. 

Remember, even with such a wet summer, things dry out quickly.

The US drought monitor already has parts of Northern Virginia classified as "abnormally dry" and if we don't see any real moisture soon, that area is likely to expand. Looking at the grass and the forest conditions, things are drying out very quickly. Which is not good as we head into October, fall wild fire season starts October 15th.

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