By Chris White

Weather Blog: Since Fredericksburg resides "in the seam" between the Richmond VA and Washington DC media markets this blog is a look at the weather from a Fredericksburg-centric point of view.

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Dryness now beginning to be a concern

Up until the past month or so the ‘Burg has actually been soggier than normal.  My local indicator has been our back yard which for the past year has “squished” when I’ve walked across it…but no longer.  The overall lack of rainfall is beginning to tell on many accounts, including the overabundance of pollen hanging around and the continuing lowering of the Rappahannock River from earlier levels.  Now we are faced with an area-wide Red Flag warning for 9:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. today (Monday):

These warnings are issued when the humidities are very low, the fuel moisture is low, and the winds are gusty, all of which will be in place today.

Moreover, this graphic from the Climate Prediction Center indicates that northern Virginia is beginning to experience abnormally dry conditions (the yellow shading):

So will we see any substantial rain this week?  Apart from some light showers this afternoon and evening (<0.1 inches expected) the answer is “nope”.  After today the models show dry conditions until the early part of next week.  We’ll have nice weather, but we may be wishing for some decent rainfall soon.

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