A drought is rapidly developing across Maryland, stressing farmers at harvest time

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Baltimore Sun — by Scott Dance — September 27, 2019

"It seems like it just stopped raining. Months on end of record rainfall continued well into this year. But so little has fallen in what has been a hot September that a “flash drought” developed quickly across Maryland.

Virtually all of the state is considered “abnormally dry,” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. And a third of the state, including Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard counties, is in “moderate” drought.

Though groundwater and streamflow levels remain mostly healthy, the about-face from record-setting 2018 precipitation is stressing crops just as harvest time arrives and could dull the colors of this fall’s foliage.

It had been nearly two weeks without rain at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport when a hundredth of an inch of precipitation fell there Thursday. If the dry spell continues — and it remains in the forecast into next week, along with unseasonably hot conditions — the effects could grow more significant and lasting.

This month is expected to end as one of Baltimore’s hottest and driest Septembers on record. . ."


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