The rains that drenched the Baltimore area over the weekend were well above normal for September, and they put a dent in Maryland's long-standing drought. But they didn't finish it off entirely.
"We'll need our regular rainfall, plus 10 more inches," said Dewey Walston, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.
The weather service recorded 2.34 inches of rain Sunday and Monday at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. That figure is well above the normal six-tenths of an inch for this point in September, but doesn't make up for the area's long-standing rainfall deficit.
The rain that has fallen since Aug. 15 -- about six inches -- has helped push the state's totals to near normal, but the drought has been going on for three years, Walston said. And it will take more rain over a longer period to end the drought.
Pub Date: 9/08/99