Drip ... drip ... drip... Had enough yet?
I'm starting to get messages and comments from people wondering if this rain WILL EVER STOP !!! They sound a bit edgy - a bit like seasonal affective disorder has seeped into their psyche. Too little sunshine; oppressive, claustrophobia-inducing cloud cover; soggy grass, wet streets ...
Well, we're not done yet. Forecasters see another quarter- to three-quarters of an inch in the cards today before this storm wanders off the coast and drier air pushes in behind it. But there is relief in the forecast, with partly to mostly sunny skies still expected for Saturday and Sunday.
But get out there and soak up the sunshine when it finally appears, because next week we fall back into the same old pattern of showers and thunderstorms, on tap for the balance of the work week.
In the meantime, flood watches are still up through 5 p.m. today for nearly the entire state as the low that moved in from the Gulf yesterday moves out of the Carolinas to the Delmarva Peninsula today. The heaviest rainfall is likely this morning into the early afternoon. Montgomery County is already under a flood warning as rains and saturated soils combine to flood local streams.
Temperatures remain cool, with winds off the Atlantic, out of the northeast. We'll be stuck in the 60s again today, but as the sun comes out tomorrow, we should get back into the upper 70s Saturday to the low 80s on Sunday and on into next week.
So far this month, BWI has recorded 1.73 inches of rain, which is more than an inch above the averages for June through the 4th. That adds to more than 7 inches of surplus rain accumulated in April and May.
Leonardtown (St. Mary's Co.): 1.22 inches
Thurmont (Frederick): 1.08 inches
Odenton (Arundel): 0.84 inch
Hamilton (Baltimore City): 0.75 inch
Cockeysville (Baltimore Co.): 0.75 inch
Columbia (Howard): 0.70 inch
(SUN PHOTO/ Elizabeth Malby 2007)