May 6, 2014 - April ended with a big storm for southeast Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Here, total April rain amounts of 6 to nearly 9 inches left this region 2 to 5 inches above normal for rainfall. The exception was the southern-most portions of New Jersey. Here, the rest of Pennsylvania, and much of southern New York were near average as far as rainfall goes. Some sections of southern New York ended the month as much as an inch below normal. Temperature-wise, after 3 months of below or much below average temperatures, April ended nearly normal (plus or minus less than a degree) for most of the northern portion of the MARFC service area. Over the past 90 days, New Jersey and southeast Pennsylvania are 2 to 5 1/2 inches above average for precipitation. The remainder of Pennsylvania and southern New York has been near average, though a small area of south-central Pennsylvania is 1 to 2 inches below average for this 90 day period.

Current (May 6) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows in New Jersey and southeast Pennsylvania are above or much above normal. Elsewhere, flows are near normal. Groundwater levels are, on average, above or much above normal.

The weather outlook for the next couple of weeks calls for above average rainfall. Temperatures are expected to be near or above normal. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30-day outlook for May calls for near normal precipitation and temperatures. The 90 day outlook for May through July calls for near average precipitation and near or above average temperatures.

The outlook for water resources is good across southern New York and much Pennsylvania and is very good across southeast Pennsylvania and all of New Jersey. Long term dryness has been dwindling and is now limited to south-central Pennsylvania. Even here, sufficient precipitation over the past couple of months, along with an expectation of additional rainfall (likely to be above normal), suggests that water supplies here are good... for at least several weeks. Precipitation in New Jersey and southeast Pennsylvania remains sufficiently above normal and likely ensures that very good water resources and supplies will continue well into summer.

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