Weekend could be rainy for Baltimore, beaches

August 24, 2012|By Scott Dance

A rainy weekend is in the forecast for the Baltimore area as well as for Ocean City, potentially spoiling one of the last weekends of summer but providing much-needed moisture to soil.

The National Weather Service is calling for a chance of showers throughout Saturday and Sunday, though the chance is consistently 30 to 40 percent.

At the beach, the best chance for rain is Saturday morning, when the weather service is predicting about 0.4 inches of rain could fall.

Rainfall totals are predicted to be low in the Baltimore area, with about a quarter of an inch estimated across the weekend, according to the weather service forecast. Things at the beach could be wetter, with about 0.6 inches estimated there.

The Eastern Shore is where the most rain is needed. Twenty-seven percent of the state, mostly on the lower Eastern Shore and some in Southern Maryland, was in a severe drought as of Aug. 21, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The Eastern Shore is under a drought warning issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

At BWI Marshall Airport, 2.42 inches of rain have fallen in August as of Thursday, 0.07 inches below normal.

Have a weather question? E-mail me at sdance@baltsun.com or tweet to @MdWeather.

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