September brought several soakings to our soil here in central Virginia (say that five times fast). With that rainfall surplus, a dry start to the month of October wasn't necessarily such a bad thing. After a prolonged period of dry weather, folks are now starting to question exactly where the rain has gone.
For the first ten days of the month our rainfall totals at McCormick Observatory have been meager to say the least. We've only recorded 0.17" of rain so far, with that total being only 14% of how much rain should have fallen by this point in the month. Generally speaking, October can be one of our driest months here in Virginia due to the nature of large areas of high pressure that often times set up this time of year. Our monthly average rainfall for the month is 3.74" and for some spots, half of that amount could fall by Wednesday afternoon. Here's the latest on our next batch of wet weather...
An area of low pressure will spread periods of wet weather our way Tuesday night. The rain will continue into Wednesday morning before gradually tapering off on Wednesday afternoon. By the time all is said and done, 1 - 2" of rain will fall across most of central Virginia. So for a month that has been an under-achiever in terms of wet weather so far, it appears as if we will really make up for lost time through the middle of the week. In addition to this rain, more showers are possible on Thursday as a cold front crosses the region. If you've got weekend plans, don't worry - skies will clear out just in time for your plans!
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