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DROUGHT UPDATE: Almost all of our area now officially in a drought

To no surprise, this week's drought monitor reveals discouraging news

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ROANOKE, Va. – The Thursday morning (September 26, 2019) drought monitor revealed that almost all of the StormTeam 10 area is now in a moderate drought.

When the drought reaches this level, fire danger increases and leads to burn bans, voluntary water restrictions may be put in place and wildlife begin to eat crops.

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Just this month alone, most of our area is 1.5-3.3" below normal on rainfall. In fact, areas like Lynchburg and Southside have seen less than a tenth of an inch of rain.

That makes for their second-driest September on record so far.

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While there is the chance for some spotty storms Thursday afternoon, there's no indication of widespread rain within the next few days. 

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Not to mention, October is traditionally the driest month of the year for most of our area.


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