August Rain: Feast or Famine

As is typical of our summer weather, August rain was boom or bust across the Commonwealth.  Some places got torrential downpours while others have seen dry conditions worsen.  Check the map below for the full story.  It’s a map that shows the rainfall deficit or surplus for Virginia for the month of August. 30dayprecipblog


 The grey, blue and green areas are running normal or at a surplus while areas in yellow or orange show a deficit.  There are a lot of folks out there who would like to see some rain soon.  While just a few miles away, it’s still soggy!  Norfolk had its third rainiest August on Record but just up the road in much of Southern and Central Virginia it’s been very dry.

We’re now in the time of year when we look to the tropics for rainfall… Erika is out there but not looking promising to deliver us rain.

*posted by Andrew Freiden*


9 Responses to August Rain: Feast or Famine

  1. Dave says:

    Does anyone know of a resource for the data similar to the kind the map that starts this post shows? And that is kept up to date?

  2. ja says:

    adam, i bet the standard deviation would explain it!

  3. ~~~~~ says:

    Just like to say i think nbc 12 is doing a great job forecasting the weather. Id like to make a suggestion as a matter of fact, can you all set aside one show, either the 5 pm or 5:30 pm or 6 pm program and make it focused on nothing but weather? All of the other news reports and stories and such just do not interest me at all and i dont like to have to sit through all that hogwash waiting for the weather forecast to begin. I dont like it because it seems that they are all negative stories or either pointless stories in my opinion and i think there needs to be other things reported besides that. People need to hear positive things. And not negative or pointless stuff all the time.

  4. Adam says:

    I’d just like to know – Is it going to rain on Monday (Labor Day)? Various other sources say 30% – 40%, but it looks like NBC 12 is saying it’s not going to happen.

    I’m planning to stain my deck and will be VERY upset if it gets ruined by a rain shower passing by.

  5. Sirius The Star Dog says:

    Point taken!

  6. afreiden says:

    In climate terminology, “normal” refers to the mean over the past 30 years.
    The point of the post is that it’s been dry for a lot of areas over the past month.

  7. Sirius...The Star Dog says:

    A bit meaningless without knowing the standard deviation.

    So called ‘normal’ weather is anything but normal.

  8. Mighty Dyckerson says:

    That map looks like the results from my last CAT scan.

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