RICHMOND, Va. — While precipitation in January of this year was about an inch above normal, the period since then has been fairly dry.
Rainfall deficits have been a bit worse across northern Virginia. These parts of the state did not end 2016 with a large surplus of precipitation.
Areas well northwest of Richmond have been placed into the moderate drought category, and locations near Washington, D.C. are now in a severe drought status.
Here are the current deficits:
- -0.78″ March
- -1.58″ This Year
- -2.05″ February
- -0.67″ March
- -2.67″ This Year
- -1.94″ February
- -8.05″ Last Year
It does appear that we will see a more active pattern over the next week, and this should provide some opportunities for rain and snow.
The heavy rainfall in California has eliminated a large portion of their drought. That state spent a long period of time in the exceptional drought category.
Extreme drought conditions are currently found in parts of the Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, and western North & South Carolina.