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The Latest Drought Index Is In -- Just How Dry It Is.

April 12, 2012 - 06:00 PM
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We've been talking about how dry it's been for weeks.  The latest drought monitor index was released this afternoon.  Here's the most recent update.

Rain, Rain, Come Our Way -- That's the new rain song I'm singing.  It's been exceptionally dry across the region and there's no significant rain in sight.  Here are the latest numbers for 2012:

2012 Rainfall Deficit In D.C. 

The drought continues to expand across the region.  Near the end of March most of the area was already abnormally dry.  The latest update from the U.S. Drought Monitor now has the entire viewing area under abnormally dry conditions, with parts of the Eastern Shore of Maryland under a severe drought.  The moderate drought area has also inched West across the Chesapeake Bay for Eastern parts of Anne Arundel, Calvert, and St. Marys counties. 

U.S. Drought Monitor Index

 We're not the only one's dealing with the dry conditions.  Take a look at how much of the country is under a drought or severe drought.  The deep red color indicates areas that are under an extreme or exceptional drought.

Notice much of Western Texas and Eastern New Mexico, as well as parts of the Southeast are under these extremely dry conditions.  The latest forecast doesn't indicated any widespread rain in the D.C. area in the near future.  Our next chance for rain, in D.C., could be next Tuesday and Wednesday; however, rain chances, as of now, look to be slim with an approaching front. 

We'll keep you posted.  Until then, keep on singing with me - "Rain, Rain, Come Our Way". 

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