Finally, a bit of rain for Western Maryland
Sunday into Monday, it was mostly Central Maryland and parts of the Eastern Shore that saw quenching rains to ease the long summer's dry weather and drought. The extremely parched regions west of Frederick were mostly left out.
But the rains that followed, Monday into Tuesday, have been more generous. Here are some 24-hour totals from the CoCoRaHS Network:
Manchester: 1.77 inches
Taneytown: 1.58 inches
Thurmont: 1.45 inches
Williamsport: 1.26 inches
Cumberland: 0.88 inch
JS, a regular Maryland WeatherBlog reader in Frederick County, had this to say:
"the rains came---2 inches in western frederick county, it sure sounded nice on the roof last night and early this morning :) too late for my friends in farming, they got devastated this year--very grim situation"
It looks like most of the rain - that firehose that's been gushing up the East Coast for the last 24 hours, is about to slide off to the east. Now we have a new tropical system to watch (below).
The National Hurricane Center says the stormy region that's been boiling in the northwest Caribbean for the past few days has finally become a tropical depression, the 16th of the season. It is very close to becoming the 14th named storm of the Atlantic season, Nicole. It is expected to move across Cuba into southeastern Florida and up the coast in the next 48 hours.
The National Weather Service is calling this system the "remnants of Tropical Storm Matthew," and forecasting that it will be drawn into low-pressure set to develop off the Southeast coast late Wednesday, bringing us the threat of heavy rain ... maybe:
"THE TROPICAL MOISTURE COMBINED WITH THE DYNAMICS FROM THE
LOW PRESSURE WILL BRING A SWATH OF HEAVY RAIN UP THE MID-ATLANTIC
COAST. EXACT AREA OF WHERE THE HEAVY RAIN WILL BE REMAINS UNCERTAIN
AT THIS TIME...BUT IT DOES APPEAR THAT THERE IS AN INCREASING THREAT
FOR HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE EASTERN HALF OF THE [FORECAST AREA].
"AN ENHANCED THREAT FOR FLOODING/FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED WHEREVER THE HEAVY
BAND OF RAIN DOES SET UP. THE BEST CHANCE FOR THE HEAVIER RAIN WILL
BE OVERNIGHT WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY."
The folks in Sterling are calling for us (BWI) to get up to 3 inches of new rain Wednesday into Thursday. The wekend, in case you have plans, looks cool (60s) but sunny.