Parts of the Chesapeake Bay area are dry, but we’re not nearly as bad off as California and Nevada.

U.S. Drought May for January 20

The National Drought Mitigation Center — did you know such a federal agency existed? — says the Virginia end of the Bay is abnormally dry. And that dryness has expanded to parts of the Maryland panhandle. Most of the region is two- to five-inches below normal since mid-October. But that’s not bad. Okay, not really bad. Moderate to exceptional drought covers more than 28% of the U.S.

U.S. drought meterThe federal government has a website dealing with drought, drought.gov, that has a drought meter. Plug in your zip code and it’ll let you know how your area is doing.