July 19, 2013 - "Wet wet wet" best describes the weather over the past month or so. So far in July, 3 to over 6 1/2 inches of rain has fallen in Delaware, eastern Maryland, and Virginia. Lighter amounts of 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches have fallen in the rest of Maryland and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. For the past 90 days, western Maryland and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia have seen near normal rainfall. Elsewhere in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia, 3 to more than 11 inches above normal rainfall has been reported.

Current (July 19) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are much above normal in the Delmarva Peninsula, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, as well as the rest of Virginia. In Maryland, flows are about normal. Groundwater levels are generally above normal.

The weather outlook through the rest of July calls for above normal rainfall. Temperatures will be above normal early in the period but gradually cool to below normal by late month. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30-day outlook for August as well as the 90 day outlook for August through October calls for above normal rainfall and near average temperatures.

Hurricane season is underway and rains from a tropical system can bring significant rainfall to the Mid-Atlantic Region. The tropics are currently quiet in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

The outlook for water resources across the southern half of the MARFC service area is very good. No areas of drought or water supply shortages currently exist, and none are expected to form during the next few weeks. At this time a sustained dry weather pattern is not indicated and, in fact, a wet weather appears to be likely.

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