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Another Dry Winter Worries Virginia Farmers and Experts

14 February 2018 News

Despite rain from this past weekend, local farmers and state environmentalists are worried about Virginia’s drought status.

Orchard owner John Marker was quoted Wednesday, February 14th as saying that another three or four inches of rain will be necessary to get Frederick County out of drought status. Most of the Shenandoah Valley is also in a state of abnormal dryness according to the National Drought Mitigation Center; two consecutive dry winters have negatively impacted groundwater replenishment.

Experts believe that this could be due to a La Nina weather phenomenon. The weather pattern carries above-average precipitation to the northern Midwest, the northern Rockies, Northern California, and the Pacific Northwest’s southern and eastern regions, leaving localities like northern Virginia with above-average dryness as a result.

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