June 20, 2013 - June has been wet for most of the southern portion of the MARFC service area with 2.5 to 10.5 inches of rain so far. The driest areas have been across western Maryland and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, while most of the remainder of the southern half of the MARFC region has been quite wet. For the past 90 days, western and central Marland, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, and northern Virginia has seen near-normal precipitation, while areas further south and east have seen above normal precipitation. For the year-to-date, again driest across the northwestern portions of the region and wettest across the southern and southeastern portions.

Current (June 20) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows range from about normal to much above normal for the date. Normal flows are generally found only across western Maryland and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, whereas to the south and east flows are above normal to much above normal. Groundwater levels are generally near normal.

According to the latest information from the NWS Climate Prediction Center, the weather outlook for the next couple of weeks calls for near average temperatures and above normal rainfall. The Center's 30-day outlook for July shows equal chances of temperatures being below normal, normal, or above normal, while average or above average rainfall is suggested. Finally, the 90-day outlook for July through September indicates essentially equal chances of both temperatures and precipitation being below normal, normal, or above normal.

Hurricane season has begun and rains from a tropical system can bring significant rainfall to the Mid-Atlantic Region. No tropical weather systems or remnants are expected to impact the MARFC region for at least the next several days as Tropical Storm Barry moves into Mexico and weakens.

The outlook for water resources across the southern half of the MARFC service area is good to very good. No areas of drought or water supply shortages currently exist, and none are expected to form during the next few weeks, assuming near-normal rainfall. At this time a sustained dry weather pattern is not being indicated, in spite of relatively dry weather expected for about the next week or so.

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