Sunshine later today while drought conditions worsen across the state
Even though high clouds are providing overcast conditions at the moment they will break up and allow the sun to return today. That will warm things up from yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) chilly high of 41 degrees (F) at the UMW weather station site to nearly 50 degrees today, with further warming to the mid-50′s by Friday. The average high temperature for the end of November is close to 50 degrees so we will have nearly normal temperatures the next couple of days before another weekend warmup occurs. The weather pattern looks pretty tame over the next several days so no wild weather is expected.
That condition of normalcy isn’t the same for our moisture levels however. Yesterday’s rains amounted to 0.1 inches or less over most of Virginia. That is the last best hope for precipitation for several days until a stronger and wetter system approaches next week. Meanwhile the Old Dominion is joining the roll call of states suffering from drought conditions. This graphic illustrates current moisture conditions for us:
As you can see over 42% of Virginia is classified as either “abnormally dry” or in a “moderate drought”. And one year ago exactly 0% of our state was in a drought. Thus the major concern for this winter is whether or not Nature replenishes our moisture before the growing season begins again next spring. Whether this moisture comes in the form of snow or rain -and the associated desirability of either – I’ll leave to others for debating.
Meanwhile, enjoy the sunshine the rest of this week!