Drought Upgraded to “Severe” across Washington Metropolitan Area

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While some have been “praising the mild dry January and February” we are heading into an awful set-up for Spring. The absence of moisture from tropical systems last fall and absence of any significant snowfall during the winter has created a precipitation deficit of 6 to 9″ across the immediate Washington Area. We could use a Nor’easter to bring drenching rains or heavy wet snow to make up for the deficits.

A closer look at Maryland’s current drought monitor (images courtesy NOAA):

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Latest Virginia Drought Monitor:

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The next cold front will bring showers and maybe some embedded thunderstorms to the area Tuesday but unfortunately this will only add a “drop in the bucket” to the horrible drought conditions that we are currently facing here in the Northeast corridor. 

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Here is the latest GEFS (GFS Ensemble) showing potential precipitation amounts with the next cold front (not good):

  • Notice the much lighter colors from Charlottesville through Washington and northeastward into Philly, NYC and Boston.

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One thought on “Drought Upgraded to “Severe” across Washington Metropolitan Area

  1. Brendan

    The end of April always seems to bring us very wet weather, so we still have a shot to get some serious rain. And if a stoearm forms next week that could do something. The growing season may not get started as early as I thought!

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