We’re not going to complain that Washington didn’t get any snow this winter. Fine — it’s over. Something we can complain about, though, is that we didn’t get any meaningful precipitation of any rype. Specifically, D.C. didn’t get enough rain this winter.
Reagan National Airport — D.C.’s official weather-monitoring location — measured 6.04 inches of precipitation from December through February, or 70 percent of average. It was the third-driest (and the least-snowy) since 2000. The kicker is that this dry winter followed an exceptionally dry fall in which Washington tallied only 4.16 inches of rain, compared with its typical 10.3 inches.
Alas, we are in a deficit, and it became glaring in this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor report, which paints a large part of the D.C. region — including the District itself — in a “severe” drought. Crop or pasture losses are likely, water shortages are common and water restrictions are often imposed in this category, according to the Drought Monitor, which is run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
In fact, in a total reversal of fortune, the D.C. region’s drought is now just as bad as California’s.
You can read the rest at the Washington Post.