Last weekend's storm system underperformed in the rainfall department locally -- Southwest Virginia and North Carolina would disagree with this assertion for their backyards -- but around here, just a few hundredths to just over a tenth of an inch of rain was about all the storm system delivered in the rainfall department. Month-to-date, it's been a rather dry run around here as many locations have picked up between a half inch and an inch of rain total. The exception to this is Atlantic City, who has 1.86" of rain so far this month thanks a more robust soaking of rain and thunder back on March 3rd (1.25" of rain from that event).
The dry March has been part of a trend that's gone back to December, one we outlined last Sunday in some detail. It's not just us locally that's been under the spell of dry weather -- much of the East Coast has been running below average on rainfall (and snowfall) since the start of 2012.
We're not in a spot to scream "drought" and the odds of you seeing tumbleweeds blowing across your driveway or your backyard are still remote, but we could use a bit more than a tenth or two of an inch of rain in the next few weeks. Year-to-date, most of us are running at just over half of annual normal rainfall, with Atlantic City the "wet" spot at 70%. Everyone else in our neck of the woods is generally in the 50-65% range...which backs up the assertion that it's been generally dry and certainly stats that suggest a nice, slow, steady rainfall would be gladly welcome.
Don't consider this a rain dance of any sort...we certainly don't need another August or September...normalcy wouldn't be bad though!