July 29, 2013 - Rainfall so far in July has ranged from as little as 2 1/2 inches in parts of south-central and northeastern Pennsylvania to more than 8 inches in areas north of Binghamton, New York. Another wet area is southeast Pennsylvania and western New Jersey where many areas have seen over 6 inches of rain. Rainfall over the past 90 days has been about average (plus or minus an inch or two) for parts of south-central New York and most of Pennsylvania. But, sections of New York north of Binghamton along with far eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey have seen 4 to over 9 inches more rainfall than what is typical.

Current (July 29) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are near or above normal in the northern half of the MARFC service area. Many streams and rivers in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey are running much above normal. Groundwater levels are near or above normal.

The weather outlook into mid-August calls for near or above normal rainfall. Temperatures are expected to be below normal. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30-day outlook for August as well as the 90 day outlook for August through October indicates that rainfall should be near average and temperatures are expected to be near or possibly above normal.

Hurricane season is underway and rains from a tropical system can bring significant rainfall to the Mid-Atlantic Region. The tropics are currently quiet in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico except for the remains of "Dorian" which is located well offshore of the southeastern United States. Rain from a tropical system is not expected in the near term.

The outlook for water resources is very good across the northern half of the MARFC service area. Water resources and supplies are abundant. Long range weather outlooks are not indicative of a long spell of dry weather as wetter than average weather is likely during the next week or so.

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