Although rain can be disruptive to our day-to-day lives, we desperately need some in our area. You can see on the graph below that we are 1.7" below normal for the year.
We aren't the only ones dealing with dry conditions. You can see on the map below that most of the Southeast is 2 to 8" below normal for rainfall this year.
Not surprisingly, numerous rivers and streams are now running below normal (indicated by the red and orange dots). The rivers to the west are near normal from the heavy rains we saw earlier this month (indicated by green dots).
Right now, moderate drought extends across central and southern Virginia.
Luckily, we will see an active weather pattern over the next several days. In fact, two back-to-back storm systems could bring 1 to 2" of rain from Wednesday into Thursday. This is great news!