Drought Conditions

The combination of two recent heat waves and a lack of rain have been rough on gardens and farms across the region.

The summer has been hot. 16 days in June hit 90 degrees and warmer with two of those days hitting 100 degrees. July has seen 4 days with 90 or warmer with three of those reaching 100 degrees or higher.

The heavy snows and rain of this past winter and early spring filled up the reservoirs and water tables across the region but the recent lack of rain is beginning to take its toll on soil moisture. Rainfall at BWI-Marshall Airport is running 3.92 inches below average for the period of April 1 through July 8.

Source: CPC/NOAA

The entire region is abnormally dry at this point and the most recent data shows that much of Maryland is experiencing Moderate Drought Conditions (yellow highlighted area) with the area around Calvert County experiencing Severe Drought Conditions.

Relief may come for some areas in the form of scattered thunderstorms over the next few days.

John Collins

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