Rain: flash flood watch issued as drought enters second week

Alex Sirney -- July 9th, 2010

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch Friday night for Rockingham County. The alert may be welcome news for some, after after weeks without substantial rainfall have left the Valley parched.

Harrisonburg and Rockingham county have been upgraded to “moderate” drought conditions in the U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly status. The monitor rates conditions on a five level scale, from “Abnormally Dry” to “Exceptional.” The report, released every Thursday, listed Harrisonburg and Rockingham County as “Abnormally Dry” last week.

The weather forecast for tonight and Saturday calls for rain after a week that saw temperatures reach 100 degrees several times.

The Daily News Record reports that the water supply for the city remains stable, with both Switzer Dam and the North River above the level where officials would be “concerned”.

The Daily News Record has also reported that the rainfall as of June 30 was 12.96 inches, almost 5 inches less than the average of 17.42 inches.

2 Responses to “Rain: flash flood watch issued as drought enters second week”

  1. Brooke says:

    It’s raining buckets here in Old Town. I hope it keeps going.

  2. Emmy says:

    It’s been raining steady for a few hours here in Park View. I’m so happy to see it!

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