Beneficial rain fell yesterday afternoon and into the night, and it came at the delight of area lawns and gardens. Although our region is not in desperate need of rain, we could use a few more showers or a drought isn't too far away.
No part of the ABC7 viewing area is in a drought, but some locations are considered "abnormally dry" according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and year to date precipitation is below average at all three major reporting stations/airports. For example, Reagan National (DCA) is running 3.19 inches below average since January 1st. Meanwhile, BWI is 1.64 inches and Dulles (IAD) is 0.41 inches below average since the start of 2011. March and April rainfall was above average, but our sunny and warm May was below average at all three reporting stations, and June is off to a slow start too.
The outlook is good for scattered, beneficial showers today through the weekend in the form of thunderstorms. That said, It won't be a washout but a pretty nice weekend for the most part as there will be plenty of time to squeeze in your outdoor activities with the time frame of storms being in the late afternoon and through the evening on today and Saturday. The storms may come a little earlier in the day on Sunday. Also, a few storms could become severe on Saturday. In terms of aerial coverage, not everyone will get the rain, however, about half of the ABC7 viewing area should receive rain each day from Friday through Sunday. Just sunshine and cooler, less humid conditions are in the works for early next week.