Weekend Storm

A storm is on the way that will dramatically increase the rain chance for the first half of the weekend. The timing of the storm may be questionable as far as affecting weekend activities but it is not all bad news.

October has been a dry month with only .12 inches measured through today, leaving a shortfall of 2.36 inches for the month. If not for the heavy rains at the end of September, the area would be in a much more profound drought situation.

The storm forecast for Saturday has the potential to make up for at least half of the month’s shortfall.

The graphic above shows the forecast rain totals for Saturday afternoon. The northeast corner of Maryland is on tap to receive as much as 1-1.5 inches of rain in that time period. Of course the rain will start in the predawn hours of Saturday and will likely extend into at least the early evening so higher totals are possible.

The cold front and low pressure center associated with the storm will be approaching the Bay Saturday afternoon and will be east of the entire state by Sunday when northwest winds out of the mountains will dry the atmosphere and allow the sun to hold temperatures in the normal range for the season. A secondary cold front will sweep through the area Monday and unseasonably chilly temperatures will dominate the rest of the week.

John Collins

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