Latest drought monitor highlights improving conditions in Virginia

Published: Oct. 24, 2019 at 3:08 PM EDT
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Over the past two weeks, a barrage of rain events have done their job in working our way out of a severe drought. The latest drought monitor, which takes into account all rain up to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, shows our area has improved greatly.

Over a 2.5 month stretch from the beginning of August through October 15th Roanoke had only picked up 5.12" of rain. Since October 16th we have seen 3.22" in a little over a week with more rain in the forecast this weekend. That story is the same for many other hometowns.

With repeated rain events, no longer is any county in our area in a severe drought. Most now range from abnormally dry to a moderate drought. It should be pointed out that since the drought monitor cut off Tuesday morning, it did not account for that day's rain event.

Given the forecast this weekend and next week, it would be surprising to see many areas still in a moderate drought.

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