Dry Weather Pushing Drought Conditions Throughout State

October 12, 2007

The lack of rain in August and September is pushing drought conditions throughout the entire state of Virginia.

The situation is most critical in the southwestern tip, which falls into the
National Weather Service's worst drought category,"exceptional." The rest of the southwest and some Southside counties are in "extreme drought," while most of the rest of the state is in the "severe" category.

Virginia's farmers have suffered, prompting Governor Kaine to request a federal drought declaration for the whole state and to ask the state's congressional delegation for legislation to give farmers direct aid rather than just loans.

And problems are compiled as the long range forecasts for this winter are calling for less than normal precipitation.

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