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      The Latest Drought Index Is In -- Just How Dry It Is.

      Rain, Rain, Come{ }Our Way -- That's the new rain song I'm singing.{ } It's been exceptionally dry across the region and there's no significant rain in sight.{ } Here are the latest numbers for 2012:

      2012 Rainfall Deficit{ }In D.C.{ }

      The drought continues to expand across the region.{ } Near the end of March most of the area was already abnormally dry.{ } The latest update from the U.S. Drought Monitor{ }now has the entire viewing area under abnormally dry conditions, with parts of the Eastern Shore of Maryland under a severe drought.{ } The moderate drought area has also inched West across the Chesapeake Bay for Eastern parts of Anne Arundel, Calvert, and St. Marys counties.{ }

      U.S. Drought Monitor Index

      { }We're not the only one's dealing with the dry conditions.{ } Take a look at how much of the country is under a drought or severe drought.{ } The deep red color indicates areas that are under an extreme{ }or exceptional drought.

      Notice much of{ }Western Texas and Eastern{ }New Mexico, as well as parts of the Southeast are under these extremely dry conditions.{ } The latest forecast doesn't indicated any widespread rain in the D.C. area in the near future.{ } Our next chance for rain, in D.C., could be next Tuesday and Wednesday; however, rain chances, as of now, look to be slim with an approaching front.{ }

      We'll keep you posted.{ } Until then, keep on singing with me - "Rain, Rain, Come Our Way".{ }