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Water Resources Outlook - Southern MARFC Area
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March 26, 2015 March precipitation has been fairly typically so far with generally average amounts, plus or minus 1/2 to 1 inch, reported to date. Temperatures have ranged from 1 to 3 degrees above normal in the southwest to 1 to 4 degrees below normal elsewhere. Over the past 90 days, precipitation in western Maryland, parts of the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, as well as parts of western and central Virginia have been 1 to nearly 4 inches below average. The remainder of the area has been closer to average plus or minus an inch or two.

The snow and stream/river ice has melted with little or none remaining in the southern portion of the MARFC service area. If additional snow were to fall this season, it will melt quickly.

Current (March 26) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are near or below normal. Groundwater levels are generally averaging near normal.

The weather outlook through the first week or two of April calls for near or below normal precipitation for the first half of the period with above normal rainfall expected for the second half of the outlook period. Temperatures are expected to be near of below normal. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30 day outlook for April calls for near average precipitation and near or below normal temperatures. The 90 day outlook for April through June calls for near or above 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, especially in the west, which will be monitored in upcoming weeks should precipitation remain low. As the spring season emerges and if precipitation remains below normal, then degradation in this outlook may occur.

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