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Water Resources Outlook - Southern MARFC Area
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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 significance.

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.


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