April 15, 2013 - April rainfall so far has been near normal (plus or minus 1/2 inch or so), for the Delmarva Peninsula and much of Virginia. The remainder of Maryland, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, and northern Virginia has had less rainfall and are running 1/2 to over 1 inch below normal. 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 2 to 3 1/2 inches below average.

Current (April 15) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are near normal for most of the region but are above normal in west-central Virginia. 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.

The snow season has ended. If any additional snow falls, it will melt quickly.

The weather outlook through late April calls for near to above normal precipitation. Temperatures are expected to be above normal early in the period but then drop to below 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. 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. But, there is the potential for a growing area of concern in northern sections. Here in Maryland and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, precipitation has been less abundant than further south. If this trend continues, then a change in the outlook status may be necessary.

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.