Rain during the this past weekend may have thrown a wrench in your outdoor plans however when we need rain, like portions of our region are, it is welcomed. Sure the timing could have been better, but at least Mother Nature delivered some much needed rain and targeted many of the driest locations.
Below are both Maryland and Virginia Drought Monitor maps that highlight drought conditions ranging from no drought to exceptional drought. It should be noted that the data used to compile these maps are cut off Tuesday at 7 a.m. Eastern Time. This is the most recent drought assessment and was released last Thursday August 21st. At that time our drought levels ranged between no drought to severe. The District of Columba, Howard, Montgomery, Loudoun, and the Shenandoah Valley was Abnormally dry. However just to the south and east all of the other Counties were in a moderate drought. The worst were Calvert County and isolated small areas of St. Marys, Charles, and Prince Georges where severe drought conditions were present.
Like it or not the slow moving low pressure system/disturbance over the weekend did help to put a dent in all of the deficits. Below is an image I took from our Storm Scan Doppler Radar showing rainfall estimates. Additionally below there is a list of some of the more impressive rainfall totals from our Live Local Weather Bug Network.
Some Notable Rainfall Totals From Our Weather Bug Network
-- Calvert County - Appeal Elementary School – 3.81”
-- Anne Arundel County – Shady Side – 3.05”
-- Baltimore City – Camden Yards – 2.30”
-- King George County – King George EOC – 1.62”
-- Prince Georges County – Patuxent Elementary School – 1.32”
Before this weekend on Friday the 24th of August 2012 the deficit for the year to date was -7.35. Today Monday the 27th of August 2012 the deficit since January 1st is -7.28. No, it’s not a huge difference but every little bit helps.
Hopefully we will get more rain like this soon and if we are lucky it won't be on a weekend!