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Drought Watch

USGS drought mapAnother inch and a quarter of rain fell Tuesday, sending me scurrying to the USGS website to check in on our drought conditions.  Here in southwest Virginia, we're still in a moderate drought --- I dream of downgrading to abnormally dry.

We just need 6 to 9 inches of rain in the next month to end this drought.  If drought amelioration were a fundraising campaign, I could totally work with those numbers, but I'm afraid that my pep talks will hold little sway over the weather.

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i realize drought anywhere is serious, but 9 inches is 2/3 of our annual rainfall out here in Albuquerque! it makes for a striking contrast. we haven't had any rain or snow this month, but winter is almost always dry. As long as it comes in July/August, we do okay. :D i hope you and i both get some rain!
Comment by yarrow Wed Jan 28 13:28:41 2009
Nine inches isn't so much here --- we average about an inch a week, so it's just a bit over two months' worth. You must be pretty serious about irrigation to grow things with just 13 or 14 inches or rain per year!
Comment by anna Wed Jan 28 18:42:05 2009

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