Rain falls, but drought continues

June 14, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Spotty bursts of rain pelted metropolitan Baltimore yesterday afternoon, but the drenching wasn't enough to reverse drought conditions.

Downpours sent revelers at the Greek Folk Festival at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church running for cover under tents and awnings in East Baltimore. In Towson, some motorists on the Baltimore Beltway pulled off to the side of the road because they couldn't see in the driving rain.

But Maryland's drought, which has harmed some crops, isn't over, said Andy Woodcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

"We are still in desperate need of rain," he said. "There's still a rain deficit."

Metropolitan Baltimore recorded less than an inch of rain yesterday -- too little to make up for the 15.5 inches needed to bring it to the normal precipitation level for this time of year, Woodcock said.

A 50 percent chance of showers is predicted tonight, but forecasters are calling for a partly sunny day with temperatures reaching 84 degrees.

Pub Date: 6/14/99

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