By DAVE McMILLION
The summer of 1997 officially ended at 7:56 p.m. Monday, marking one of the driest growing seasons in recent years, according to the National Weather Service.
But the drought-like weather wasn't a record-breaker, said Jim Wiesmueller, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.
Rains earlier in the month that dumped between five and eight inches of rain on the Tri-State area did a lot to relieve dry conditions, Wiesmueller said.
Frederick and Washington counties were among the hardest hit during the drought, which destroyed at least half the corn crop, officials said.