This is the time of year when we want our gardens and lawns to grow. Unfortunately, it's the drought concern that is growing here across central Virginia. With the last widespread, soaking rain occurring around July 4, things have dried out in a hurry.
We ended the month of July with a rainfall deficit and we have started August off on a dry note as well. In fact, since July 14, we have only received 0.35" at McCormick Observatory in Charlottesville. With no significant soaking rains in the forecast, that number is likely to remain low in the days to come.
Every Thursday, NOAA releases at drought monitor for the entire country. While there are certainly areas that are much drier than Virginia (like Texas and New Mexico), there have been some alarming trends in our part of the country. With the latest drought monitor, the area of moderate drought has expanded to now include portions of northern and central Virginia. Parts of Madison and Culpeper Counties are now included in this category. Abnormally dry conditions are persisting elsewhere across central Virginia including Charlottesville, Lake Monticello, Louisa, and Orange. If substantial rainfall doesn't occur soon, the area of moderate drought may continue to grow in the weeks to come.
Until then, we'll keep doing the rain dance. How has all of this dry weather affected you? Has it hurt your lawn, garden, or crops? Leave a comment at the bottom of this blog and let us know.