RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The weekly Virginia drought update issued by the U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that in the past week Moderate Drought conditions are growing in the Commonwealth. From last week to this week, the “D1” (the first level of drought) area nearly doubled in size from 5.87 percent to 10.09 percent of the state considered to be in Moderate Drought. Although the overall area of the state considered to be Abnormally Dry shrank slightly from 91 percent to 88.80 percent, the growing Moderate Drought area indicates that conditions are deteriorating in the heart of central Virginia, and also in much of the Northern Neck.
Even though conditions are worsening in Virginia, we are still comparatively “not as bad” as much of the U.S.. For example, nearly all of Colorado and Arkansas are in Extreme Drought conditions. Much of Georgia is in Exceptional Drought, which is as bad as it gets on the drought scale.