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By Scott Dance | May 25, 2012
Sporadic rains have helped moderate drought conditions that had spread across most of the state, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor . As of May 22, all of the Baltimore region was considered “abnormally dry” except for southern Anne Arundel County. It had previously been under moderate drought conditions. Most of the Eastern Shore remains under moderate drought conditions, however. Five days out of every seven in May, at least a trace of rain has fallen at BWI Marshall Airport.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2013
The area of Maryland where “abnormally dry” conditions are developing doubled over the past week, according to the U.S. drought monitor . Forty-six percent of the state was considered drier than average as of Tuesday, compared with 22 percent of the state a week earlier. The area has spread from along the Interstate 95 corridor up into Western Maryland and the lower Eastern Shore. The rainfall deficit for the year to date has grown to 4 inches at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, after being several inches above normal earlier this summer.
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By Scott Dance | July 17, 2012
Spotty rain this year has had parts of Maryland in and out of drought conditions, and the dryness may be worsening as the nation experiences its driest year since 1956. Anne Arundel County, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore are in moderate drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor . To the north of the Interstate 95 corridor, most of the state is considered abnormally dry. Those zones have fluctuated through the spring and summer, with some portions of the lower Eastern Shore reaching "severe" drought conditions at times, according to the drought monitor.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2013
"Abnormally dry" conditions have developed across a swath of Central Maryland, after much of the state spent 2012 in some level of drought conditions. About 22 percent of the state is unusually dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The area stretches from the Washington, D.C., suburbs, up the Interstate 95 corridor to Baltimore and Harford County. The "abnormally dry" classification is the mildest of five levels of drought conditions the drought monitor assigns. Up to 11 percent of the state was abnormally dry for a spell in May, but for the most part, there has been a lack of drought conditions across the state since Hurricane Sandy dumped nearly a foot of rain on some parts of the state.
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May 5, 2002
Another reservoir would benefit Carroll A day doesn't go by without someone talking about the water supply and the drought conditions in Maryland. I read the April 28 Sun, "Fire officials call for water supply access." I've heard in the past the governor talk at length about the drought conditions in Maryland and Carroll County commissioners discuss the urban sprawl in the South Carroll region. I have one question or has the governor forgotten about Carroll County again? What happened to the proposed reservoir on Gillis Falls Road in South Carroll?
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By Scott Dance | May 21, 2012
Tropical Storm Alberto isn't expected to reach Maryland, but it should be a damp week nonetheless. In the Baltimore area, at least, it may not be damp enough to remedy developing drought conditions, though. A low-pressure system is expected to stall over the mid-Atlantic today through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Showers and thunderstorms could crop up along the Interstate 95 corridor today, but the chances for heaviest rain later in the week are southwest of us along the Shenandoah Valley, according to the weather service.
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By Scott Dance | April 20, 2012
As landscaper Bill Akehurst said in Thursday's front-page story on developing drought conditions , "This is 'April showers bring May flowers' and we haven't seen it. "If there's no April showers, May flowers are going to suffer. " A 15-day stretch of dry weather that ended with Wednesday's drizzle shows just how unusual the lack of April showers has been. Baltimore had a stretch of 15 days without measurable rain, meaning a trace or nothing. That ranks as Baltimore's fourth-longest stretch on record> without precipitation in the month of April, according to the National Weather Service.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2013
"Abnormally dry" conditions have developed across a swath of Central Maryland, after much of the state spent 2012 in some level of drought conditions. About 22 percent of the state is unusually dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The area stretches from the Washington, D.C., suburbs, up the Interstate 95 corridor to Baltimore and Harford County. The "abnormally dry" classification is the mildest of five levels of drought conditions the drought monitor assigns. Up to 11 percent of the state was abnormally dry for a spell in May, but for the most part, there has been a lack of drought conditions across the state since Hurricane Sandy dumped nearly a foot of rain on some parts of the state.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2002
For the first time, Westminster is considering its own drought management plan to curtail water use during dry weather conditions. Although the city implemented water-use restrictions in the fall, it has not had a formal plan in place. Its restrictions included prohibitions on watering grass and filling pools. Worsening drought conditions prompted the state to implement similar restrictions in the spring. Despite torrential downpours this past month, Westminster officials are concerned about water levels at the city's public water sources, including a reservoir along Cranberry Branch north of Lucabaugh Mill Road and wells.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2012
Queenstown farmer John Draper's corn crop looks bleak - ears that normally have 18 or 20 rows of kernels have 14 rows due to a lack of rain. Others have few or shriveled kernels, and some stalks haven't grown any ears at all. Yet, with a shot at harvesting about 60 percent of his normal yield, Draper considers himself fortunate. Drought conditions that have persisted across Maryland are expected to cut this year's corn crop yield in half. The weather also is threatening soybean crops, and driving up prices for all types of grains, squeezing livestock and poultry farmers.
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By Scott Dance | July 17, 2012
Spotty rain this year has had parts of Maryland in and out of drought conditions, and the dryness may be worsening as the nation experiences its driest year since 1956. Anne Arundel County, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore are in moderate drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor . To the north of the Interstate 95 corridor, most of the state is considered abnormally dry. Those zones have fluctuated through the spring and summer, with some portions of the lower Eastern Shore reaching "severe" drought conditions at times, according to the drought monitor.
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By Scott Dance | June 15, 2012
Thanks to the June 1 thunderstorms that spawned 12 tornadoes across the state, the monthly rainfall total is running ahead of normal halfway through the month. But another good dose of moisture is needed to keep it that way. At BWI Marshall Airport, there has been 1.98 inches so far this month, 1.55 inches of it June 1. Other parts of the state have seen significantly more rainfall in June (more than 5 inches fell in parts of Baltimore and Harford counties so far this month, as you can see above)
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By Scott Dance | May 25, 2012
Sporadic rains have helped moderate drought conditions that had spread across most of the state, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor . As of May 22, all of the Baltimore region was considered “abnormally dry” except for southern Anne Arundel County. It had previously been under moderate drought conditions. Most of the Eastern Shore remains under moderate drought conditions, however. Five days out of every seven in May, at least a trace of rain has fallen at BWI Marshall Airport.
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By Scott Dance | May 21, 2012
Tropical Storm Alberto isn't expected to reach Maryland, but it should be a damp week nonetheless. In the Baltimore area, at least, it may not be damp enough to remedy developing drought conditions, though. A low-pressure system is expected to stall over the mid-Atlantic today through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Showers and thunderstorms could crop up along the Interstate 95 corridor today, but the chances for heaviest rain later in the week are southwest of us along the Shenandoah Valley, according to the weather service.
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By Scott Dance | May 8, 2012
The 12 months ending in April were the warmest in 117 years Maryland, the Northeast, and the nation. The year from May 2011 to April 2012 averaged 55.7 degrees nationwide, 2.8 degrees above the average temperature for the 20th century. That was the warmest of 117 years that are ranked by the National Climatic Data Center. Maryland is one of 22 states whose average temperature over the year ranked as the warmest on record. Another 19 states had average temperatures that ranked among the top 10 warmest over the year.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | January 21, 1999
The rains are back, and weather experts say the renewed rainfall in December and January has eased the lengthening drought in the Baltimore region."We're still on the dry side," said Robert Livezey, senior scientist at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction in Camp Springs. The soil remains short of water. But there is a promise of more wet weather. "This wasn't a flash in the pan," said Livezey.Weather instruments at Baltimore-Washington International Airport have recorded 3.55 inches of precipitation in January.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | May 16, 2001
This seemingly endless stretch of beautiful, cool, sunny days in Maryland has finally pushed much of the state into a drought. "Don't say `beautiful' around farmers," said Fred Gadomski, a meteorologist with the Penn State Weather Communications Group. This week's Drought Severity Index map, compiled by the federal Climate Prediction Center, shows that Maryland counties from Frederick to Cecil, and south to Washington and Baltimore, have slipped into a "moderate" drought. Previously moderate drought conditions in Garrett County are now classed as "severe."
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By Scott Dance | April 20, 2012
As landscaper Bill Akehurst said in Thursday's front-page story on developing drought conditions , "This is 'April showers bring May flowers' and we haven't seen it. "If there's no April showers, May flowers are going to suffer. " A 15-day stretch of dry weather that ended with Wednesday's drizzle shows just how unusual the lack of April showers has been. Baltimore had a stretch of 15 days without measurable rain, meaning a trace or nothing. That ranks as Baltimore's fourth-longest stretch on record> without precipitation in the month of April, according to the National Weather Service.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
A developing drought across the eastern half of Maryland could worsen without a few periods of soaking rain, and drizzle like that seen Wednesday won't be enough to cut the rainfall deficit. At Carter and Draper Farms on the Eastern Shore, John Draper is used to dealing with a summer drought once every few years. But rarely has he been in his current predicament: There has been so little spring rain, he fears if he plants 225 acres of corn as planned, it quickly will die. A few inches into the sandy soil, there is moisture.
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