Go on, complain about it. You’ve been holding back for months, now’s the time to let it out and no one is going to get on your case for it. Memorial Day is a week away, signaling the beginning of summer, but it’s chilly and raining this week.
Like many of you, I am a fan of seasons. Distinct ones. This is the season of backyard barbecues and pools, and I want to be able to enjoy the sun without feeling guilty about the drought.
The D.C. area has actually had a lot of rain in the past month, almost enough to push year-to-date precipitation totals back to black. So we grant you permission to hate this weather and celebrate the sun, whenever it returns.
On Thursday, the U.S. Drought Monitor painted just a small area in Maryland — mainly Howard and Baltimore counties — as having “abnormally dry” surface moisture conditions. The rest of the area is in the clear.
Groundwater is either at or above normal at most of the D.C. area measuring sites, except for two sites — one in Fairfax County and another in far-southern Prince William County — which are marked as “below normal.” Water levels at those locations were last measured May 18, and a forthcoming week of rain could turn things around there.
Rain is in the forecast every day through Thursday this week, after which we might see two days of sun. By the end of the week, rainfall totals might be pushing two inches in some of our eastern suburbs and the Eastern Shore.
Given all of the above, we think it’s fair to moan about the forecast. Maybe just don’t do it in front of avid gardeners.