Is Virginia headed toward drought?

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - With Lake Chesdin's water level triggering voluntary restrictions in Chesterfield County, I thought we'd look at how rivers and streams are doing across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The map at right is from the United States Geological Survey of stream gauges.  The green dots mean a stream that's running at normal levels for this time of year and the yellow and red dots mean below average streamflows.

There are plenty of green dots North and West of Richmond with a bunch of red dots South and East.  Significant rain is Needed more in the "dry" areas.

The second next map lines up nicely with the first.  It's from the U.S. Drought monitor, Which shows the beige areas of Southeastern Virginia in a moderate drought.  The yellow areas from Caroline to Mecklenburg counties are classified as "dry" and bear watching.  Without widespread rain, drought conditions will develop.

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