Get used to it: showers and T-storms through Thurs.
If you were planning any gardening, camping, hiking, parties or weddings during the next seven days, the forecast from the National Weather Service will not be a pleasant read for you today.
There is no sunshine to be seen in the document, just words like "scattered showers, cloudy, possibly a thunderstorm, new rainfall amounts," and, finally, for four days running next week, "a chance of showers and thunderstorms."
At least the new grass will get a good start, right? And the pollen counts should be lower. I know I can be thankful for that.
Oh, and the Coastal Flood Advisory posted a few days back has been extended to 8 p.m. Saturday, as south and east winds continue to hold water in the Chesapeake. High tides will run 1 to 2 feet above normal Friday and Saturday, with "minor" flooding in low-lying areas. The Hazardous Weather Outlook posted Friday morning also notes that the onshore winds will strengthen this weekend, and could increase the flooding to "moderate."
The problem appears to be a low-pressure area in the Ohio Valley that is drawing moisture up from the Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean. It is expected to stall for the next few days, so the counter-clockwise circulation around the low will continue to bring us unsettled weather into the middle of next week. Nice.
The highest risk for rain, storms and flash flooding today will be in the western counties. Flash Flood Watches are already up for Allegany County, including the cities of Frostburg and Cumberland. One to two inches of rain are expected there today. Amounts could be higher in thunderstorms.
The big rain risks for Central Maryland come Saturday night and Sunday, when the chances rise to 70 and 80 percent. Forecasters aren't entirely sure how bad it may get here. But they do seem to be hinting that Sunday could be more problematic than Saturday.
Not that it matters much. Wet is wet.