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September 3, 2010

Next up ... more dry weather

With Earl lumbering away to the northeast, Ocean City and the Atlantic resorts seem to be headed for a fine Labor Day weekend after what could have been a bummer of a storm. But if anyone had been counting on Earl to spread a little needed moisture around before he departed, that now seems to have been a forlorn hope.

The rain gauges at Ocean City and Salisbury show only a few hundreths of an inch of rain this afternoon. The Patuxent Naval Air Station in Southern Maryland shows nothing in its bucket.

Drought MonitorWestern Maryland never had a chance to get a slice of Earl, and those folks are really hurting for rain. Parts of the region are in moderate to severe drought. Hagerstown  has seen barely 3 inches of rain since June 1, and only a fraction more than an inch since Aug. 1.

And forecasters say there is little but more dry weather ahead. As Earl pulls out, a cold front approaches tonight from the northwest, with little rain to offer. After the front moves past Central Maryland tonight, the air will dry out rapidly, and cool down. The pale skies out there Friday afternoon - part of the cloud shield that invaded with Earl - will clear as the air dries. Watch for the wind direction to swing around to the northwest.

Saturday and Sunday will be much cooler and drier than we've seen here in recent days, with blue skies and highs in the upper 70s Saturday and Sunday. Overnight lows early Sunday could dip to the 40s, and even the upper 30s in high elevations to our west.

But we're not done with the heat quite yet. Labor Day will be warmer, in the low 80s, but still dry - and delightful if you're not a potted plant. By Tuesday and Wednesday, however, we're likely to be revisiting the 90s, and breaking records daily for the most 90-degree days in one calendar year.

And there's no rain anywhere in the seven-day forecast out of Sterling.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 3:21 PM | | Comments (0)
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This site is the Maryland Weather archive. The current Maryland Weather blog can be found here.
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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