Abnormally dry conditions

Abnormally dry conditions have developed in the yellow shaded areas of Maryland. (U.S. Drought Monitor / September 19, 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.

Most of the state has avoided any development of drought conditions since Hurricane Sandy dumped nearly a foot of rain on some parts of the state. Nearly all of the state, however, was in some form of drought last summer.