It’s the middle of winter and Rappahannock County has all but dried up.
The Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force has just issued not one, not two, but three separate “emergencies” — precipitation, streamflow, and groundwater levels — for Rappahannock, which surpass the severity of previously issued watches and warnings.
So how bad is it? Take the groundwater level: an emergency classification means that Rappahannock’s measured groundwater is “below the 5th percentile for all historic levels.”
It’s so dry in Shenandoah National Park, where there is virtually zero snowpack to speak of, the park service has issued a “Very High/Extreme Fire Danger” alert.
Much needed rain is in the forecast to round out the week.