June 2, 2013 - May rainfall was an inch or two below average in the Delmarva Peninsula and around the Chesapeake Bay. Rainfall was average or an inch or two above average elsewhere. Temperatures in May were normal or a degree or two above normal. Precipitation over the past 90 days has been 1 to 3 inches below normal in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Maryland (except the portion in the central Delmarva Peninsula), and Delaware. Precipitation has been near normal plus or minus an inch or two elsewhere.

Current (June 2) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are mostly near to below normal. Groundwater levels are generally near normal.

The weather outlook through the middle of June calls for near or above normal rainfall and temperatures. The Climate Prediction Center's 30 day outlook for June calls for near normal precipitation and temperatures. The 90 day summer outlook for June through August calls for near average precipitation and above normal temperatures.

The outlook for water resources is good or very good in the south and good in the north. Significant long term rainfall has left plentiful water resources and supplies in the southern portion of the MARFC service area. Rainfall has been somewhat less abundant further north (mainly in Maryland and northern Delaware), but conditions are still moist. These conditions should remain stable unless (or until) a longer term dry weather pattern occurs. This does not, for now, appear to be likely.

In summary, the southern portion of the MARFC service area has sufficient (even abundant) water resources and water supplies. These water resources are likely to maintain current levels or begin their typical long term summer decrease in the upcoming weeks but remain sufficient with no water shortages expected in the next several weeks.

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