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Water Resources Outlook - Southern MARFC Area
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April 17, 2015 April precipitation has been heaviest in west-central Virginia and surrounding parts of the eastern West Virginia panhandle where 2 to over 4 inches of rain has fallen. Elsewhere in Virginia, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware, rainfall has mostly been in the 1 to 2 inch range but under an inch in northeast Maryland and northern Delaware. Temperatures so far in April have been about a degree above normal in the Delmarva Peninsula but 2 to 5 degrees above normal elsewhere. Over the past 90 days, precipitation in Maryland, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Virginia, and Delaware has been mostly near normal plus or minus an inch or two. There have been some isolated wetter and drier pockets.

Current (April 17) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are generally near or above normal. Groundwater levels are generally averaging near normal.

The weather outlook for the rest of April calls for near or above normal rainfall. Temperatures are expected to be above normal through the first few days of the period but then trend to below average. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30 day outlook for May as well as the 90 day outlook for May through July calls for near average precipitation and near normal temperatures.

The outlook for water resources and water supplies is good for the southern portion of the MARFC service area. Sufficient precipitation has offset any longer term dry weather. However, there are areas of precipitation deficiencies which will be monitored in upcoming weeks should precipitation remain low. But, current expectations of above average rainfall may be sufficient to reduce these concerns.

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