Moderate drought conditions persist across two-thirds of the state, including in Carroll County, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, even after close to 3 inches of rain fell within five days.
The drought covers all of Central Maryland, stretching from Frederick County to the upper and middle Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland. Conditions are “abnormally dry” in Western Maryland and on the lower Eastern Shore.
The report is based on data as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, so it does not include nearly an inch of rainfall that fell around the region that afternoon and evening. But it does include two separate rainstorms that both dropped close to an inch and a half of precipitation Oct. 16 and on Sunday.