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.