Wither Wetter Winter Weather?

So they say: a wet winter for us in the Southern Mountains. But first…

We’re expecting temps in the 60s this weekend–the “January thaw” at which so far, we’ve had cold but not much moisture.

Floyd County ended the rainfall year some 9 inches (about 25%) behind “the norm”–a term which has little meaning except for nostalgic purposes. I fear for what may happen to our water table (again) if we don’t get the promised ABOVE AVERAGE rainfall. We’re starting the year way behind. I’d be just as happy (except for photo-aesthetic purposes) to see just rain, but snow if you must.

And whatever moisture deficits we’re running in the east, the west can apparently look forward to far more of the same extreme droughts and shifted patterns they experienced in 2012.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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