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Unusually dry in region so far this year

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The Washington region may not be experiencing a drought of the severity that has afflicted much of the rest of the country, but despite the weekend rumbles of thunder, flashes of lightning and sudden downpours, it remains unusually dry here.

As of late Sunday, no rain was reported at Reagan National Airport. Saturday brought a little more than a quarter of an inch. But the total rainfall for the month, 2.78 inches, is almost three quarters of an inch below normal, the National Weather Service said.

Since the start of the year, total precipitation at the airport has amounted to a little less than 16 inches — more than seven inches below normal, according to the weather service.

Saturday brought wind and rain to parts of the region. In Calvert County in Southern Maryland, trees were knocked down. In eastern Anne Arundel County, a storm brought hail, and at about that time a 60 mph wind gust blew through the Morningside section of Prince George’s County. About half an inch of rain fell near Andrews Air Force Base.

At Dulles International Airport, this month’s rainfall is an inch below the normal figure of 3.42 inches. The year’s precipitation of 17 inches at Dulles is about 30 percent below the normal figure at this time of about 24 inches.

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