At the risk of stating the obvious, this region needs some rain. It also needs citizens to realize that now is not the time to burn brush or household trash. As dry as it is now, a small brush fire might easily turn into something much worse.
How dry is it? Experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center (NOAA) this week told The Associated Press that it's the worst drought since 2002.
It has developed quickly, experts said, noting that until August, rainfall was normal, or in some areas, slightly above that.
But over the last five weeks, most of Maryland has recorded just a trace of rain. NOAA meteorologist Douglas LeComte said that at this point, Maryland needs a rain of the type that typically accompanies a tropical storm.
That may come, but until it does, it makes sense to avoid making the situation worse.