March 13, 2013 - Precipitation in the first half or so of March has been near normal to 2 inches above normal for the southern portion of the MARFC service area with the least amounts in far western Maryland and far southeastern Virginia. Over the past 90 days, precipitation has been abundant with most areas running 2 to over 4 1/2 inches above average. Far western Maryland, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, and the central Delmarva Peninsula, amounts are closer to average plus or minus and inch or so.

Current (March 13) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are above or much above normal, mainly due to the most recent storm. Groundwater levels are generally near normal or below normal.

A drought watch remains in effect for the upper James River region of Virginia. Drought declarations, if any, are declared by individual states.

Most of the snow has melted except for far western Maryland and the higher mountains where about 6 inches or less is on the ground. Snow water equivalent, or the amount of water that will be released from the snow when it melts, is around 1/2 inch or less in these same areas.

The weather outlook through late March calls for near or above normal precipitation. Temperatures should generally average out to about normal for this period. The Climate Prediction Center's 30 day outlook for March calls for near normal precipitation and temperatures. The 90 day outlook for March through May calls for near average precipitation and above normal temperatures.

The outlook for water resources for the next several weeks looks good. A series of storms recently has slowly helped to improve water supplies and resources, so the south has improved to "good." The onset of spring (which typically leads to an increase in water usage) is fast approaching, but recent storminess, and a good chance for this storminess to continue into the early parts of spring indicates that water supplies and resources will remain sufficient to abundant for the next several weeks.

In summary, the southern portion of the MARFC service area has sufficient to abundant water resources and water supplies. These water resources are likely to maintain current levels or increase in the upcoming weeks based mainly on current precipitation forecasts and remain sufficient or abundant with no water shortages expected at least for the next several weeks.