A very dry Eastern Shore received a measure of relief with between .3 and .7 inches of rain that fell Sunday night. In Accomac, 7/10 of an inch of rain was recorded, with closer to a half inch falling in upper Northampton County. Lower Northampton County reported very little rainfall.
There had been no substantial rainfall for a month since Hurricane Dorian passed off the coast leaving about an inch and a half.
On Friday, Governor Northam issued a drought alert for Virginia citing very dry conditions in some areas of the state. The watch issued Friday advises residents, local governments and businesses to use less water. It is meant to get people ready in the event of “a significant drought event.”
The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor report shows nearly 56 million residents are now living in drought conditions in parts of 16 Southern states, including Virginia.
While Sunday’s rain wasn’t a drought buster current forecasts show a good chance of more rain on Wednesday. Current forecasts call for rain Wednesday and Wednesday night with between another half inch to one inch falling over the entire event.
After Wednesday no rain is expected for the next several days.