April 4, 2013 - March ended with precipitation just about normal plus or minus an inch or so pretty much everywhere in the southern portion of the MARFC service area. Temperatures, however, were quite cool averaging 2 to 5 degrees below normal... quite a difference from the record warmth of March, 2012. Year to date precipitation has been abundant in Virginia with most areas running about average up to 3 inches above average. Much of the remaining area has been around normal except for parts of western Maryland and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia where amounts are running 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches below average.

Current (April 4) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are near normal in the western half of the region but below normal in the eastern half. Groundwater levels are generally near normal.

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

Little snow remains but persists in far western Maryland and the highest mountains of the eastern panhandle of West Virginia where reports indicate that an inch or 2 is left on the ground. Snow water equivalent, or the amount of water that will be released from the snow when it melts, is under 1 inch in these same areas and is hydrologically insignificant.

The weather outlook through mid-April calls for near to above normal precipitation. Temperatures are expected to be near normal early in the period but then moderate to above normal levels. The Climate Prediction Center's 30 day outlook for April and the 90 day outlook for April through June calls for near or below average precipitation and above normal temperatures.

The outlook for water resources for the next several weeks looks good. Storminess of the past couple of months has improved water supplies and resources. The onset of spring green-up (which leads to an increase in water usage) has begun or will soon begin. The precipitation outlook indicates that sufficient amounts of rain are expected and should allow for the continuation of sufficient to abundant water supplies and resources 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 slightly in the upcoming weeks and remain sufficient or abundant with no water shortages expected.

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