This time last week, drought had crept into southern Frederick and all of Montgomery county in Maryland. After one to two inches of rain through Tuesday morning, drought conditions have retreated from those areas.
Despite the short term relief, central Maryland and northern Virginia are on the brink of drought. They are designated by the U.S. Drought Monitor as “abnormally dry”.
Washington, D.C.’s three airports have rainfall deficits of 4 to over 5 inches on the year. Here are the numbers:
Reagan National: -4.15” since Jan 1
Dulles: -5.34” since Jan 1
BWI: -5.27” since Jan 1
In eastern Maryland, where dry conditions have persisted longer, last week’s rains were not enough to peel back the drought
Looking ahead, the forecast is mostly dry until perhaps the second half of next week. Unfortunately, drought and the threat of drought may be a recurring theme as the summer season draws near.