Drought wors­ens

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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