Heavy rains fail to offset severe drought

More rainfall needed to improve situation

September 08, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The rains that drenched the Baltimore area over the weekend were well above normal for September, and they put a dent in Maryland's long-standing drought. But they didn't finish it off entirely.

"We'll need our regular rainfall, plus 10 more inches," said Dewey Walston, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

The weather service recorded 2.34 inches of rain Sunday and Monday at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. That figure is well above the normal six-tenths of an inch for this point in September, but doesn't make up for the area's long-standing rainfall deficit.

The rain that has fallen since Aug. 15 -- about six inches -- has helped push the state's totals to near normal, but the drought has been going on for three years, Walston said. And it will take more rain over a longer period to end the drought.

Pub Date: 9/08/99

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