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Premature leaf drying, curling in Floyd County, Virginia
10/4/2017 4:46:29 PM

Plants & Wildlife
Water Supply & Quality
Floyd County, VA

Start Date: 10/3/2017 -  
Mildly dry conditions have developed at the station during the past several weeks with only 0.04" in the past 20 days. A lower sun angle and shorter days, limited mixing wind, and relatively cool nights has helped to offset some recent near record-breaking warmth and low afternoon RH values. Despite the lack of recent rainfall, the grass is still green on north facing slopes. However, grass on south facing slopes, especially on clay-based soils is beginning to show signs of stress - as are many trees which are showing signs of stress through premature leaf drying/curl and change of color. The nearby Little River (1.5 miles from station location) and Beaver Creek (co-located with the station) is running low, but not exceptionally so. An on-site spring which runs through the station property is down to a trickle (as opposed to gently flowing) - which is not uncommon under current conditions. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Floyd 5.2 NW on 10/3/2017