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June 16, 2011

Clouds, sprinkles, showers and storms are welcome

They're calling it "unsettled" weather out in Sterling. It's a complex set of low-pressure systems in eastern Canada and the Great Lakes, and an approaching cold front, which is forecast to stall across the forecast area and return as a warm front next week.

It all adds up to plenty of clouds for Central Maryland through the weekend, with periods of sprinkles, showers and thunderstorms.


Daytime temperatures will struggle to reach 80 degrees today, but they will begin to creep higher tomorrow and Saturday, settling in the upper 80s through the weekend to near 90 degrees by the middle of next week.

Whatever rain falls will be welcome. We can use the moisture. The weekly Drought Monitor report released this morning shows "abnormally dry" conditions have continued to spread north into Central Maryland since last week, to southern Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties. They now encompass 63 percent of the state.

Dry conditions are worst on the Lower Eastern Shore, with everything south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge now in "moderate" drought. Extreme Southern Maryland - including the lower half of St. Mary's County and the southern tip of Calvert - is also now in moderate drought. In all, the drought conditions cover 25 percent of Maryland's territory.

The latest Weather & Crops Report from the USDA quotes a Delaware report saying: "Some storms came through with some maintenance rain to keep the corn alive and the beans coming up, but a lot more is needed." A Maryland report said: "The hot, dry weather has been tough on crops but good for hay making."


Topsoil moisture is reported "short" or "very short" in 52 percent of the state. Subsoil moisture is "short" or "very short" in 35 percent.

Rainfall for the year in Salisbury is 7.75 inches below the long-term average.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 10:34 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Drought, Forecasts


". . . good for hay making."

Reminds me of the comment made on radio when I was growing up. Radio station WOWO in Fort Wayne had a Farm Services Director named Jay Gould. One day, Jay saw the weather report, and told his audience 'Farmers! Mow your hay!" (It takes hay 2-3 days to properly dry [with no additional moisture added] after mowing before you can bale it - otherwise you're setting the conditions for disastrous barn fires).

You guessed it - rain for a week (sometimes heavy), starting about 24 hours after that comment.

Now it's Frank's turn to announce "Farmers! Mow your hay!"



We've had pretty good weather, heat and humidity wise, so far this June. When should we expect a return to the soupy, muggy weather?

FR: Soon. We'll be crowding 90 this weekend, with plenty of humidity. And next week looks like we'll see the 90s again, with more typical Chesapeake humidity.

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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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