Rain­drops keep fall­ing on our heads in D.C. area

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - BY MARTIN WEIL martin.weil@wash­post.com

On the first day of the new month, af­ter weeks in which rain had been sparse, the skies black­ened in the Wash­ing­ton area on Satur­day and brought forth an at­mo­spheric spec­ta­cle and tor­ren­tial down­pours.

In a sin­gle stormy hour, Wash­ing­ton got 0.65 inches of rain at Rea­gan Na­tional Air­port, more than half of the to­tal amount there for all of last month.

It was a “beau­ti­ful line of thun­der­storms” that Brock Thompson said he saw rolling across the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. In an al­most the­atri­cal dis­play, the storm pro­duced “high winds, heavy rain and a few rain­bows” after­ward.

The Bal­ti­more Ori­oles game at Cam­den Yards was de­layed be­fore it be­gan. Wa­ter rose in the streets of Old Town Alexan­dria. Trees swayed, and a few fell. Thou­sands of Mary­lan­ders lost power for a time.

But there was not equal­ity of pre­cip­i­ta­tion. In south Re­ston, said Eric Carr, the storm did not pro­duce. “We got about 30 drops of rain,” he said.

He said he learned that neigh­bor­hoods only a mile to the north “got pounded.”

His toma­toes, he said, “were jeal­ous.”

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