EXAMPLE PRODUCT


DROUGHT/WATER SUPPLY STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAKEFIELD VA
515 PM EDT WED SEP 1 1999

THE FOLLOWING IS A DROUGHT/WATER SUPPLY STATEMENT FOR CENTRAL 
VIRGINIA...EASTERN VIRGINIA AND EASTERN SHORE MARYLAND...

...DROUGHT CONCERNS CONTINUE ACROSS CENTRAL VIRGINIA...EASTERN VIRGINIA 
AND EASTERN SHORE MARYLAND...

METEOROLOGICAL...CLIMATOLOGICAL AND HYDROLOGIC DROUGHT CONTINUES 
ACROSS VIRGINIA...MARYLAND AND NORTHEAST NORTH CAROLINA. WATER 
SUPPLY ACROSS THE AREA IS NOW BEING MONITORED VERY CLOSELY.

SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WAS THE PRIMARY SOURCE FOR 
RAINFALL OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. SOME ISOLATED AREAS RECEIVED 
LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL...BUT FOR THE MOST PART LOCALITIES RECORDED 
NEAR TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION. ALTHOUGH THE APPROACH 
OF HURRICANE DENNIS DID AFFECT WEATHER CONDITIONS OVER DROUGHT AREAS 
WITH RESPECT TO COOLER TEMPERATURES...THE POSITIONING OF THE STORM 
WAS FAR ENOUGH AWAY TO NOT PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED RAINFALL. THE LATEST 
NWS FORECAST INDICATE THAT DENNIS WILL DRIFT SLOWLY WEST-SOUTHWEST 
...THEREFORE THE POTENTIAL FOR ANY SIGNIFICANT RAIN IS NOT LIKELY.  

DESPITE RECENT LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL OVER SOME AREAS...MOST 
RESERVOIR AND DOMESTIC WELL LEVELS CONTINUE TO DROP DUE TO THE 
LOWERING OF THE WATER TABLE. ONLY WATER SUPPLIES IN THE TIDEWATER 
AREA ARE NOT LARGELY AFFECTED BY THE DROUGHT. STREAMFLOWS ARE GENERALLY
HOLDING STEADY BUT REMAIN VERY MUCH BELOW NORMAL. TOPSOIL MOISTURE 
SUPPLIES CONTINUE TO BE DEPLETED DESPITE THE SCATTERED RAINFALL OVER 
THE AREA LAST WEEK. 

AS OF AUGUST 18TH...A FEW JURISDICTIONS HAVE INITIATED CONSERVATION 
MEASURES DUE TO LOW STREAMFLOWS AND WATER TABLE LEVELS. DUE TO LOW 
FLOWS IN THE JAMES RIVER...RICHMOND CITY OFFICIALS WITH THE 
COOPERATION FROM HANOVER...HENRICO AND CHESTERFIELD COUNTIES HAVE 
CALLED FOR VOLUNTARY WATER CONSERVATION. LAKE CAROLINE IN CAROLINE 
COUNTY CONTINUES UNDER MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION.

METEOROLOGICALLY...OVER THE LAST 120 DAYS ENDING THE MORNING OF 
AUGUST 31ST ...PRECIPITATION DEPARTURES OVERALL AVERAGE BETWEEN 2.0 
AND 9.0 INCHES BELOW NORMAL IN VIRGINIA...MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE 
BETWEEN 4.0 AND 7.0 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. RAINFALL DEFICITS RECORDED 
ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA OVER THE LAST 365 DAYS AVERAGE NEAR 10 
INCHES.    

THE LATEST PALMER INDICES INDICATE 'EXTREME DROUGHT' ACROSS EASTERN 
SHORE MARYLAND...'SEVERE DROUGHT' ACROSS CENTRAL 
VIRGINIA...'MODERATE DROUGHT' ACROSS EASTERN VIRGINIA AND NORTHEAST 
NORTH CAROLINA.

                                                                  
                                                                     
   PRECIPITATION AND DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL PER COUNTY FOR THE 
INDICATED PERIODS ENDING AT 7AM TUESDAY AUG 31ST:  
                                                                     
                                                                     
                                                                     
JAMES & APPOMATTOX RIVER DRAINAGE                                    

                     MONTH     LAST         LAST                     
                       SO     120 DAYS     180 DAYS     LAST 365 DAYS
                      FAR   TOTAL/DEP.   TOTAL/DEP.   TOTAL/DEP./   %
 
                                                                     
AMELIA          VA    3.9   12.6  -2.7   17.8  -4.0   33.0  -9.7  -22
CHARLES CITY    VA    2.4   14.5  -1.8   21.1  -1.9   38.4  -5.9  -12
CHESTERFIELD    VA    2.8   13.2  -2.4   19.3  -2.8   36.5  -6.5  -14
CUMBERLAND      VA    3.6   11.4  -3.7   16.0  -5.6   30.1 -12.0  -28
DINWIDDIE       VA    3.3   14.7  -1.5   21.9   -.9   38.0  -5.9  -13
FLUVANNA        VA    4.5   13.8  -2.0   18.5  -4.3   33.6  -8.9  -20
GOOCHLAND       VA    3.7   10.4  -5.1   15.3  -6.7   30.9 -11.8  -27
HENRICO         VA    2.3   12.3  -3.7   18.5  -4.0   34.9  -8.1  -18
LOUISA          VA    3.4    9.6  -6.2   14.9  -7.5   30.4 -12.6  -28
NOTTOWAY        VA    3.4   12.1  -3.6   18.6  -3.6   33.6  -9.8  -22
POWHATAN        VA    4.1   12.2  -2.7   17.3  -4.2   33.4  -9.0  -20
PRINCE EDWARD   VA    3.2   10.6  -4.9   16.8  -5.4   31.7 -11.2  -25
PRINCE GEORGE   VA    3.5   17.1    .9   24.1   1.2   40.8  -3.3   -7
                                                                     
                                                                    
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WESTERN CHESAPEAKE BAY DRAINAGE                                      

                     MONTH     LAST         LAST                     
                       SO     120 DAYS     180 DAYS     LAST 365 DAYS
                      FAR   TOTAL/DEP.   TOTAL/DEP.   TOTAL/DEP./   %
 
                                                                     
GLOUCESTER      VA    3.4   13.1  -3.8   20.5  -3.2   39.2  -5.9  -12
HAMPTON         VA    4.4   14.7  -2.4   21.3  -2.8   40.8  -5.6  -11
HANOVER         VA    2.5   10.1  -5.5   15.7  -6.5   30.9 -11.8  -27
JAMES CITY      VA    3.3   13.3  -4.1   20.6  -3.7   39.3  -7.0  -14
KING & QUEEN    VA    2.7   13.2  -3.0   19.4  -3.4   35.7  -7.8  -17
KING WILLIAM    VA    2.6   12.5  -3.8   18.4  -3.7   34.2  -8.3  -19
MATHEWS         VA    3.5   13.3  -3.2   20.6  -2.9   39.4  -5.3  -11
NEW KENT        VA    2.7   14.9  -1.4   21.6  -1.5   38.8  -5.1  -11
NEWPORT NEWS    VA    3.7   13.5  -3.9   20.7  -3.6   39.7  -6.8  -14
NORTHUMBERLAND  VA    2.9    6.8  -9.1   12.9  -9.3   26.3 -16.0  -37
SURRY           VA    1.9   13.2  -4.4   20.1  -4.4   38.3  -7.9  -16
YORK            VA    3.5   13.3  -4.2   20.6  -3.7   39.5  -6.9  -14
                                                                     
                                                                     
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WESTERN CHESAPEAKE & RAPPAHANNOCK DRAINAGE                           

                     MONTH     LAST         LAST                     
                       SO     120 DAYS     180 DAYS     LAST 365 DAYS
                      FAR   TOTAL/DEP.   TOTAL/DEP.   TOTAL/DEP./   %
 
                                                                     
CAROLINE        VA    3.2    9.1  -6.4   15.1  -7.0   29.5 -13.2  -30
ESSEX           VA    3.0   10.6  -5.2   16.3  -5.9   30.8 -12.0  -27
LANCASTER       VA    3.1    9.4  -7.0   16.0  -6.9   31.6 -11.4  -26
MIDDLESEX       VA    3.0   14.0  -2.5   21.1  -2.0   39.4  -4.6  -10
RICHMOND        VA    2.9    6.6  -9.6   12.7  -9.8   26.1 -16.6  -38
WESTMORELAND    VA    3.5    7.5  -8.2   13.8  -8.1   27.7 -13.9  -33
                                                                     
                                                                     
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EASTERN CHESAPEAKE & ATLANTIC DRAINAGE                               
                                                                     
      VIRGINIA COUNTIES                                              

                     MONTH     LAST         LAST                     
                       SO     120 DAYS     180 DAYS     LAST 365 DAYS
                      FAR   TOTAL/DEP.   TOTAL/DEP.   TOTAL/DEP./   %
 
                                                                     
ACCOMACK        VA    3.7    9.7  -5.0   19.8  -1.4   35.7  -5.7  -13
NORTHAMPTON     VA    4.2   13.7   -.3   21.0    .4   39.6  -1.2   -2
                                                                     
                                                                     
      MARYLAND COUNTIES                                              

                     MONTH     LAST         LAST                     
                       SO     120 DAYS     180 DAYS     LAST 365 DAYS
                      FAR   TOTAL/DEP.   TOTAL/DEP.   TOTAL/DEP./   %
 
                                                                     
DORCHESTER      MD    4.0    9.2  -6.7   16.4  -6.6   34.0  -9.5  -21
SOMERSET        MD    4.0   10.7  -4.0   19.7  -1.8   35.7  -5.6  -13
WICOMICO        MD    4.3   11.2  -5.0   19.4  -3.8   35.9  -8.4  -18
WORCESTER       MD    4.3    9.3  -6.7   19.4  -3.8   35.8  -8.4  -18
                                                                     
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 MOST RECENT LONG RANGE PRECIPITATION & TEMPERATURE FORECASTS:


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THE 6 TO 10 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING THE PERIOD SEP 5TH THROUGH SEP 9TH:

                      PRECIPITATION           TEMPERATURE
   
   MARYLAND           ABOVE NORMAL               NORMAL              
   VIRGINIA           ABOVE NORMAL               NORMAL

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30 DAY OUTLOOK THROUGH SEP '99:


                      PRECIPITATION           TEMPERATURE

   MARYLAND               NORMAL                 NORMAL              
   VIRGINIA               NORMAL                 NORMAL

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90 DAY OUTLOOK THROUGH NOV '99:

              
                      PRECIPITATION           TEMPERATURE
 
   MARYLAND               NORMAL                 NORMAL              
   VIRGINIA               NORMAL                 NORMAL

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RANGE OF PALMER INDEX VALUES ISSUED ON AUG 28TH:

   MARYLAND           -5.1  TO  -3.2    
   VIRGINIA           -4.5  TO  -2.2

(VALUES BETWEEN -1.99 AND +1.99 INDICATE NEARLY NORMAL SOIL MOISTURE...
 VALUES BETWEEN -2.00 AND -4.00 INDICATE INCREASINGLY DRY CONDITIONS...
 VALUES BETWEEN +2.00 AND +4.00 INDICATE INCREASINGLY WET CONDITIONS.)

K. LYNCH










Product Headers:
FGUS51 KAKQ
WBCESSAKQ


Issuance Times:
As needed, with updates issued approximately every 4 weeks as drought conditions continue.

Additional Info: The Drought Statement is a highly detailed product providing virtually all information possible on the progress of a drought. Exhaustive statistics are given along with official NWS seasonal forecasts. The Drought Statement is issued by the WFO Service Hydrologist.