Dry Fall and Winter a Prelude to Drought?
For four, going on five consecutive months, precipitation has been below average. Not since September, when the remnants of tropical storm Hanna drenched the region, have we experienced a wet month.
Our precipitation deficit (compared to average) since October 1 is about 5 inches. As noted on Capital Climate, February 2009 stands a chance of becoming the driest February on record at Reagan National Airport depending on how much it rains Friday. Just 0.26" of rain (or melted snow) has fallen to date.
The U.S. Drought Monitor indicates our region is now abnormally dry, but not yet in a drought (although drought conditions have already emerged in parts of western Virginia). If drier than average conditions persist through the spring, we will have drought conditions by the summer. This is definitely a situation we'll be tracking...
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