January 29, 2015 January precipitation in the eastern panhandle of
West Virginia, most of Maryland, and most of Virginia has been about
average plus or minus up to an inch. For the Delmarva Peninsula,
precipitation has been 1 to 2 inches above. Temperatures have been
averaging around normal plus or minus a degree or two. Over the past
90 days, precipitation in western Maryland, the eastern panhandle of
West Virginia, as well as central and western Virginia has been 1 to 2
½ inches below average. The remainder of the area (Delaware, the rest
of Maryland, and eastern Virginia) has been closer to average with an
area in the middle Delmarva Peninsula running 2 to 4 inches above.
Snow is fairly minimal with depths of an inch or two in parts of
the western half of Maryland, northern-most Virginia, and the eastern
panhandle of West Virginia. Amounts are as high as 6 or 7 inches in
far western Maryland. The water equivalent in this snow, or the
amount of water that will be released when it melts, is under ½ inch
except for far western Maryland where amounts are as high as an
inch. This amount of snow will have minimal or no hydrologic
Current (January 29) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological
Survey shows that streamflows are near normal. Groundwater levels are
averaging near normal.
The weather outlook for the next couple of weeks calls for near or
below average precipitation. Temperatures are expected to be below
normal. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30 day outlook for
February as well as the 90 day outlook for February through April
calls for near average precipitation and temperatures.
The outlook for water resources and water supplies is good for the
southern portion of the MARFC service area. Sufficient precipitation
coupled with the time of year has offset longer term dry weather.
However, longer term precipitation deficiencies are becoming evident
for much of western Maryland, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia,
and Virginia. This area will be monitored in upcoming weeks should
precipitation remain low.