HAGERSTOWN - Rain that began falling at about 11 p.m. Sunday has brought the year's total rainfall closer to average.
So far, 24.66 inches of rain have fallen this year in Hagerstown, according to John Gresiak, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.com. The average rainfall at this point in the year is 27.49 inches, he said.
According to a Web site maintained by Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer, 1996 was the wettest year of the last decade, with 76.66 total inches of rain. Keefer's Web site at www.i4weather.net shows that precipitation totals for 2001 were the lowest in the decade, with 26.54 inches of rain.
For farmers, the average rainfall measurements mean little, said Jeff Semler, agriculture and natural resources senior agent for the University of Maryland Extension office in Washington County.