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June 18, 2009

Rain tops 5 inches at BWI for June ... so far

The thunderstorm that passed over Anne Arundel County after 7 a.m. Thursday dropped 1.72 inches of rain on the National Weather Service instruments at BWI. That brought the total June rainfall at the city's station of record to more than 5 inches by my reckoning.

Rain BaltimoreThe long-term average precipitation for June at the airport is 3.43 inches, so we have now drowned the June average. With more rain in the cards for the rest of the week, we are likely to go well beyond 5 inches before this month finally closes.

We may finally see some sunshine (ask your grandparents) early next week. More on that in a moment. For now, here's how we stack up so far against the rainiest Junes in Baltimore for the last 20 years:

June 2006:  7.32 inches

June 2003:  6.96 inches

June 1989:  5.98 inches

June 2000:  5.54 inches

June 2009:  5.09 inches*

* Through 11 a.m. June 18 (unofficial)

The heaviest rains yesterday, and into early this morning, were recorded to our west. Cresaptown, in Allegany County, saw 2.34 inches.  Accident, in Garrett County, reported 2 inches. 

Closer to home, Elkridge and Severn each reported more than 1.4 inches.  Totals were much smaller to the north. Long Green, in Baltimore County reported 0.86 inch. We had about a half-inch on the WeatherDeck in Cockeysville, while The Sun's station at Calvert & Centre streets recorded a little more than a half-inch. Here are more rain reports

(SUN PHOTO/Barbara Haddock Taylor/June 19, 2006)

The forecast from the National Weather Service calls for a break of sorts today, at least for a few hours. But showers and thunderstorms are likely to build again after 3 p.m. Some could be severe, with large hail and damaging winds. New rains could total a quarter inch, and more in thunderstorms.

Still more rain and storms are forecast for Friday, and especially Friday night and Saturday. Sunday's forecast, somehow, omits any mention of rain. Forecasters expect that a cold front will finally move to our south by then, allowing cooler, drier air to move in.

In fact, the forecasts for the first half of next week finally show no rain, and include the word "sunny." It's modified by the word "partly," but that's good enough for me.

Who knows? Now that I've written about the rainy weather for print, we're likely to head into a new drought. 

Posted by Frank Roylance at 11:26 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Phenomena


ask your grandparents, ha!

Big rain just blew through the towson area and now it's clearing and the sun's out. if only i'd waited 15 more minutes inside the target, i'd be sitting at my desk dry. :-(

Frank, maybe you can finally bust out that article you wrote a couple years ago about how to properly shovel rain ;D

(referring to that snow-shoveling article you held onto forever)

FR: Hah! Now, where did I put that story...? Wait... I see sunshine glinting off the State Pen. Stop the presses!

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff

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