Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is asking federal authorities to declare Maryland in a state of emergency drought, as 17 counties statewide are in a moderate drought and and four Southern Maryland counties are in a severe drought (check the red spots on this map, that’s of 8-12 inches shortfall of rain).
Farmers in Eastern Maryland have lost their corn crops almost entirely, as most of those counties are short between 6 and 8 inches of rain.
I know that at the Farmers’ Market the last two or three weeks, we’ve had farmers looking for us to pray for rain. The CSAs in the area have been hurting as well. So if you’re feeling charitable this week, ask whatever deity that you pray to, be it God, Allah, Vishnu, Shiva, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Fred Thompson, to see if he can’t send us a little rain. We need it. And frankly, if the alternative is having to get Steve Martin to do a fake revival on the Mall? Please, get prayin’.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs