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Downpours brought 2+ inches of rain in some spots, but dry streak at BWI continues

More than 2 inches of rain fell in some isolated downpours Thursday, but a two-and-a-half-week stretch without adding measurable precipitation to Baltimore's official tally nonetheless continues.

Only a trace of rain was reported at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the point of record for the Baltimore region. No measurable rain has fallen there since Aug. 24, when about half an inch was measured.

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But elsewhere around the region, a cold front passing through the area squeezed out a quick deluge.

Rainfall totals included:

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  • 2.65 inches in Northeast Baltimore;
  • 2.65 inches in Annapolis;
  • 2.01 inches in Catonsville;
  • 1.87 inches near White Marsh;
  • 1.83 inches in Norrisville, in northwestern Harford County; and,
  • 1.25 inches near Columbia.

National Weather Service radar suggests the heaviest downpours formed around Annapolis and in northwest Carroll County, with more than 3 inches estimated.

Dry conditions have been growing across much of Maryland in recent weeks. Forty-eight percent of the state was considered "abnormally dry," a precursor to drought, as of Tuesday, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. That includes most of Anne Arundel and Howard counties and Southern and Western Maryland.

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