The good news yesterday was rain after months of drought. Close to 2 inches of it fell in some parts of central Maryland as a second round of thunderstorms in as many days snapped the afternoon heat.
The bad news was that the rain -- and in some areas, hail -- again fell quickly and in abundance, flooding roads and low-lying areas, over running storm sewers, and running off the parched soil before much of it could really soak into the ground.
For close to 48,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers, power was knocked out as lightning bolts and wind played havoc with the utility's equipment.
The National Weather Service at Baltimore-Washington International Airport said yesterday was the state's second-wettest day of the year -- 1.95 inches of rain, exceeded only by the 2.05 inches that fell March 26.