Md. environment agency ends Eastern Shore drought watch

Maryland has returned to normal conditions as far as any summer drought is concerned, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

At least one region of the state has been in a drought watch or warning since March under MDE's drought status indicators, but one drought watch that has lingered on the Eastern Shore has been lifted based on data as of Sept. 30.

Stream flow level is still considered below normal east of the Chesapeake Bay, and rainfall is still below-normal in the southern region. But otherwise, rainfall, stream flow, groundwater and reservoir levels are considered normal across the state.

Read more about current hydrologic conditions across the state, going back to January 2009, here on MDE's website.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, however, eastern and southern parts of the state remain at least abnormally dry. Twenty-six percent of the state, including most or all of Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Charles, Queen Anne's, Talbot, Caroline and Wicomico counties, are in at least what the monitor defines as moderate drought.

Most or all of Calvert, St. Mary's, Kent, Dorchester, Somerset and Worcester counties, meanwhile, are abnormally dry.

But 51 percent of the state, including all of Greater Baltimore north of BWI Marshall Airport, is within normal ranges as far as rainfall, groundwater and other hydrologic indicators are concerned. At BWI, there have been about 25 inches of rain so far this year, with 33 inches considered normal by this time of year.

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