Rain gauges show a quater of an inch falling across Montgomery, Howard and Baltimore counties Wednesday.

Rain gauges show a quater of an inch falling across Montgomery, Howard and Baltimore counties Wednesday. (CoCoRaHS / April 19, 2012)

It seemed to drizzle all day Wednesday, with wet, cold, overcast conditions throughout. But the rain failed to measure more than a quarter of an inch.

The official count for the region, measured at BWI Marshall Airport, was 0.16 inches, more than twice the 0.06 inches recorded in April before yesterday. Some parts saw slightly more, according to backyard rain gauges reported to CoCoRaHS: 0.22 inches around Loch Raven Reservoir in Baltimore County, 0.27 inches near Columbia and Bel Air.

BWI's rain gauge is 4.99 inches behind normal for the year, 6.91 inches observed versus 11.9 inches expected.

A front-page story in today's paper details the concerns the dry weather is causing farmers, landscapers and park rangers.

The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued a drought watch for the Eastern Shore, as of Friday. That doesn't come with water use restrictions but urges residents to be cautious and not leave the faucet running. Here is MDE's map.

Fingers are crossed across the state for a weekend of drought-busting rain. National Weather Service forecasters are calling for potentially a few inches, with the most soaking rain coming Sunday and showers on Saturday.