Much-needed rain welcomed the first day of spring to the Hagerstown area Wednesday.
But many more passing showers are needed to offset drought conditions, and the long-term forecast isn't favorable.
Hagerstown received just under 1.4 inches of rain Tuesday night and Wednesday, according to weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site.
"The benefit is that the soil will get moisture in the top few inches. But these rains will not have a great effect on groundwater recharge," said Jeff Semler, an educator at the Maryland Cooperative Extension office in Washington County.
The soil is so dry that any rain water seeping into the ground will be absorbed by the top layers of soil, he said.
"You can dig a few inches and the soil will be moist. But if you go down a foot or a foot and a half it will still be dry," Semler said.