Recent rain puts dent in region’s drought

This weekend was a wet one across the Miami Valley and the recent rain did put a dent in the region’s drought.

On Aug. 11, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s drought monitor released a report showing that much of the Miami Valley was under a moderate to severe drought. Rainfall deficits ranged from 3 to more than 6 inches.

Rainfall totals for the weekend showed that much of the northern Miami Valley received more than 2 inches of precipitation.

Monitoring equipment at Dayton International Airport shows that a record was broken Sunday with 1.12 inches of rainfall. The old daily record was 1.06 inches from 2010.

More rain fell across much of the area Monday, with more scattered showers and storms in the forecast.

While the rain did put a dent in the overall drought, much of the Miami Valley remains in a rainfall deficit.

Dayton’s deficit has dropped from more than 3 inches down to about one and three-quarter inches below average for the year.

Our WHIO Weather App will not only alert you to any watches and warnings, but now will also, when activated, send you alerts if lightning is detected within 6 miles of your location.

It will also let you know when lightning has cleared the area (30 minutes after the last strike). We’ve even included a feature that will advise you if very heavy rain is moving into your area.

The WHIO Weather App also is available in your app store.

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