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Month's rainfall only 'slightly above average'

May 22, 2004|By HEATHER C. SMATHERS

It may seem like more, but Washington County is experiencing only "slightly above average" rainfall this spring, said Roger Smith, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

Average rainfall for May is 3.9 inches, he said.

This May has seen only half of the rainfall that it did a year ago, according to local weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site, i4weather.com. The site lists May 2003 as the wettest May in recorded history, with 8.21 inches. So far this month, the area has received 4.7 inches of rain.

This April, on the other hand, had the most rainfall in more than a decade, with 6.81 inches compared to 7.26 inches in April 1993, according to the Web site. The record rainfall for April in Hagerstown is 7.80 inches, set in 1952, according to i4weather.com.

The first three months of 2004 produced slightly below average precipitation, records show.

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The jet stream has been farther south than normal, resulting in larger amounts of rain this year, Smith said.

Mike McAuliffe, meteorologist with accuweather.com, said Hagerstown can expect to see scattered showers today and Sunday and thunderstorms early next week. By late in the week, however, conditions should dry out, he said. Local temperatures will be in the high 70's and low 80's, he added.

Smith said the National Climatic Data Center expects a return to average temperatures and rainfall in June. The average precipitation for June is 3.83 inches, with average daily high temperatures near 82 degrees, according to i4weather.com.

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