Breaking Down The Dry Spell; Much Needed Rain On The Way

This has been a really weird year weather wise. It was just this past July that we tied our record (12 days) for receiving trace or more amounts of precipitation consecutively. Four months later we have done the opposite. We’ve gone 24 straight days at the Roanoke Regional Airport without seeing measurable rain.

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Those numbers are as of November 27th. That streak will likely end on the 29th as rain is in the forecast. More on that in a second.

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It’s either too dry or too wet. There has been no happy medium. We ended September and started October very wet. How wet? 7.98″ fell at the airport from September 26th through October 8th. Since then only .14″ has fallen.

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Only .02″ of that has fallen in November. Yeah I know crazy! If November ended today (28th) we would shatter the record for driest November ever.

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The last two days of the month do look pretty wet so the actual numbers likely won’t reflect just how dry November was.

The drought situation is not just local…it expands through much of the southeast United States and actually becomes more severe as wildfires continue to burn and spread. The current drought monitor shows just how dire the situation is for much of the southeast corner of the states. Finally some relief is in sight as a couple of rounds of rain look likely locally and as a whole.

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One round of rain moves in Tuesday and the other pushes through Wednesday. On Tuesday we could pick up anywhere from .25″-.5″ of rain. Even with this nice push of moisture we will likely still finish the month below average.

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