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.
The 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.