August 10, 2013 - Rainfall in July varied quite a bit. As little as 2 1/2 to 3 inches of rain fell in isolated areas of east-central Virginia, central Maryland and even some spots along the Chesapeake Bay. On the wetter side, 5 to over 10 inches fell in Delaware, northeast Maryland, and in much of the rest of Virginia (not mentioned above). July temperatures were 1 to 3 degrees above normal. For the past 90 days, western Maryland, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, the lower Delmarva Peninsula, and some spots in northern Virginia have seen near normal rainfall. Elsewhere (actually most of the southern portion of the MARFC service area), 4 to more than 11 inches above normal rainfall has been reported. In short, most areas are wet. Some scattered areas are not as wet. This may sound confusing, but indicates the scattered nature of rainfall for this time of year.

Current (August 10) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are near or above normal. Groundwater levels are generally near or above normal.

The weather outlook for the next couple of weeks calls for near or above normal rainfall with below normal temperatures. 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 entering its' more active period 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. Rain from a tropical system is not expected in the near term.

The outlook for water resources across the southern half of the MARFC service area is very good. Water resources and supplies are abundant. Long range weather outlooks are not indicative of a long spell of dry weather as wetter than average weather is likely to continue for the next week or so.

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