Bob "Hutch" Hutchinson writes from Timonium with a question about rainfall: "Now that we're ending another year with a precipitation surplus, I was wondering, how much is the total surplus since the end of the last great dought?" I assume you're referring to the record Maryland drought that ended in October 2002, with just 57 percent of normal moisture over 11 1/2 months. Annual surpluses since then total almost 33 inches. That's a bonus for the region equal to 78 percent of a normal year's rain. Squish.