Jun 28, 2016

Up to 8 Inches of Rain Fall on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Salisbury, MA
USA
by
Dan Satterfield
,
AGU Blogosphere
Radar Rainfall Estimate. The yellow area is over 6 inches of rain in Western Wicomico County of Maryland. Image: AGU Blog
Radar Rainfall Estimate. The yellow area is over 6 inches of rain in Western Wicomico County of Maryland. Image: AGU Blog

Climate change contributes to increased flooding because warmer air holds more water, leading to stronger and more frequent precipitation events. In the northeastern region of the US extreme precipitation has increased 73 percent from 1958 to 2012.

We were very lucky this morning because Delmarva saw a rain event that was similar to what West Virginia experienced a few days ago. The lack of mountains kept this from being a killer flood, but it did wash out roads and caused major travel issues through the morning. I mentioned on air last night that if there was one thing that every meteorologist could tell everyone, it would be that “you need to worry much more about water and lightning, than tornadoes and wind”. Water is a BIG killer