February 29! That was the last time we had a good soaking rain that totaled 1.44 inches. Since then there have only been two days when we picked up any “significant” rain was March 2nd and 25 when we received 0.34” and 0.20” respectively. I guess this recent dry spell may be my fault because back in early March I decided to level off an area in my yard and try to grow grass. Since then Mother Nature has pretty much turned off the spicket and I had to add watering the lawn to my daily chores.
Our forecast this week does include a couple opportunities for rain but unfortunately none of them will be a good soaking rain like we could use. Aside from giving the grass and plants a drink, some rain would also do wonders for those, like myself, who suffer from allergies as it would wash away some of the nasty pollen.
So we need some rain, but are we in a drought? The answer is actually NO. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor much of Maryland, Northern Virginia and Southeast Virginia are “Abnormally Dry.” According to the Drought Mitigation Center this means that we are dry but not yet in a drought. However, just across the Bay in far eastern Maryland they are in “Moderate Drought.” Below you can see the detailed numbers from our local airports and also the drought monitor maps for both Maryland and Virginia.