How Dry is the Valley? Do we Still Need Rain?
Let me emphasize that we have not been in a drought. But the Valley has been rather dry since the end of February.
According to the US drought monitor, we have been classified as abnormally dry. This is a look at the drought monitor for virginia for last week.
(And these are updated every week)
Notice our entire area is in yellow, the abnormally dry category for several weeks now.
Many ares of the Valley received rain earlier this week.
Some more than others. Middlebrook received about 5" of rain between Sunday night and Tuesday.
While in Harrisonburg we received about 2" of rain.
This is the newest monitor after we received rain earlier in the week.
Notice the western portions of the area are no longer in the dry category.
So we are slowly making some progress.
Although a lot of this rain has come from thunderstorms so while some areas are receiving a few inches of rain. Other's are seeing hardly any.
According to our records at the station, in Harrisonburg we're above the average rainfall. We're at about a 2" surplus for the year. However, we're below average for the month of May, approximately a .75" defecit for the month, but keep in mind the month isn't over yet. And I can recall on at least two occasions at our station we received a little more than 1" of rain from thunderstorms. That means that while Harrisonburg received some good rain, not all areas did.
For example at TV3 Winshester they are in a defecit! According to their records they are at about a 4.5" defecit for the year. Quite the difference.
The good news? More rain is in the forecast for next week. Along with some thunderstorms so let's hope we can put a bit more moisture back in the ground.