Rain Update

Just a quick update on the rain so far in May.

An approaching cold front and a little afternoon heating from sun breaking through a cloud deck popped a narrow line of thundershowers across the Baltimore region on Sunday evening. There were gusty winds, a few reports of small hail and briefly heavy rain. Preliminary numbers show BWI-Marshall Airport receiving .08 inches of rain, .12 inches at the Inner Harbor and .15 inches on TV Hill.

As of late Sunday afternoon Baltimore has officially recorded 6.85 inches of rain in May. That is 4.63 inches above the 30 year average. This May is now the sixth wettest on record. The 2008 rain total is 19.11 inches, 3.47 inches above the 30 year average.


As far as water reserves are concerned, the region is much better off now going into the summer months. Baltimore’s reserves are nearly full and water tables in many areas have been at least partially replenished. Just keep your fingers crossed that the weather pattern can provide us with more or less “normal rainfalls” as we move into the hot summer months.

John Collins


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