Much-needed rain showers are moving across the Baltimore region, but they haven't significantly helped close a growing precipitation deficit for the year.
Radar images have shown a large swath of moisture moving up from western Virginia and North Carolina throughout the day. As of 5 p.m., light rain was reported at BWI Airport and at Dulles International Airport, Winchester and Staunton in Virginia.
The National Weather Service reported 0.13 inches of rain BWI. That is the most since 0.69 inches was recorded March 24.
It has been since Feb. 29 that the region has gotten at least an inch of rain, as measured at BWI Airport. The rain gauge tallied 1.44 inches that day. Since then, rain has added to the precipitation tally only bit by bit, with traces and hundredths of an inch coming from each chance for moisture.
Baltimore is about 1.8 inches behind normal rainfall totals for the month to date, and 5 inches behind normal year-to-date totals.
Look out for a story soon on the impacts that has been having, particularly on the Eastern Shore, where drought conditions are developing, according to state environment officials.