December 8, 2014 - November precipitation ended about normal plus
or minus 1 to 1 1/2 inches. The dry areas were in the west while the
wet areas were generally coastal locations. Temperatures for November
averaged 2 to 5 degrees below normal. The first week of December has
already brought 1 to over 1 1/2 inches of precipitation to most areas.
Southeast Virginia and the lower Delmarva Peninsula have only picked
up 1/4 to 1/2 inch so far. Over the past 90 days, most areas have
been 1 to 3 inches below normal precipitation-wise. Only a couple of
scattered locations have been above normal.
Current (December 8) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological
Survey shows that streamflows are running near or above normal.
Groundwater levels are averaging near normal.
The weather outlook through the next couple of weeks calls for
above average precipitation along the Atlantic coast early in the
period. Otherwise, precipitation is expected to be below average.
Temperatures are expected to begin the period near normal but then
warm to above normal levels. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30
day outlook for December calls for near normal precipitation and above
normal temperatures. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 90 day
outlook for December, 2014 through February, 2015 calls for near
average precipitation and temperatures.
The outlook for water resources and water supplies is good for many
areas of the southern portion of the MARFC service area. Much of
Virginia, especially central portions, is fair. Dry conditions have
persisted for the past few months interrupted by only brief wet
periods. However, recent above normal precipitation is helping to
lead to improved conditions. With the passage of the next storm
system, improvement may occur, at least in some areas. With the onset
of winter, further degradation will be slow to occur and improvement
may occur quickly if wet weather were to occur.