Parts of Southwest, Central Virginia officially in a drought

Half of the 10 News viewing area is in a Moderate Drought

Drought Monitor update as of Thursday, 6/3/2021

ROANOKE, Va. – The Drought Monitor is updated every Thursday morning. To no surprise, half the area is officially in what’s called a “Moderate Drought.” This includes the Roanoke Valley, Lynchburg area and Southside. Parts of the New River Valley and Highlands are considered “Abnormally Dry,” which is essentially a Drought Watch.

So far this year, we’ve run into quite a rainfall deficit. This is a complete opposite from this time last year when areas like Roanoke were 10″ above normal.

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Rainfall departure from normal for 2021 as of 6/2/2021

This was exacerbated during the spring, which was the driest in about 15 years. For Danville, it was the 4th-driest spring on record.

One of the driest springs on record in Southside

While there’s the potential for a few strong-to-severe thunderstorms late Thursday, the hope is that we can get some beneficial rain out of this too. After Thursday, the pattern turns drier with high pressure over the Eastern U.S. Any shower or storm chances will be very hit-or-miss through at least the first half of next week.

5-day rain/storm coverage through 6/7/2021

For updates on the forecast and the weekly drought monitor, be sure to check in with us on our app.

About the Author

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.

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