December 12, 2013 - December has been quite wet or white to date with 2 to 3 1/2 inches of precipitation so far. This is much above normal. Much of this has been snow and/or ice, so these amounts represent the rain and water equivalent of the snow and ice that has fallen. Overall, long term dry conditions are dwindling. For the past 90 days, Delaware, much of Maryland, far eastern portions of the West Virginia panhandle, as well as northern and eastern Virginia are running near to 3 inches above average. Elsewhere, precipitation has been 1 to 2 1/2 inches below average. Calendar year 2013 is winding down. To date, Delaware, most of Maryland east of the Chesapeake Bay, and much of central and southern Virginia is 5 to more than 10 inches above normal. A small dry area is Allegany County, MD and Mineral County, WV where amounts have been 5 to 7 inches below normal.

The snow season has begun. 2 to 7 inches of snow covers the ground in much of Maryland west of the Chesapeake Bay, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, and northern Virginia. The water equivalent in this snow, or the amount of water that will be released when the snow melts, is 1/2 to nearly 1 1/2 inches and, in the absence of a heavy rain event, is not considered to be hydrologically significant. Little or no snow is on the ground elsewhere in the southern portion of the MARFC service area.

Current (December 12) 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 below average precipitation for the first half of the outlook but then near or above normal precipitation for the second half. Temperatures are expected to begin the period below normal but then rebound back to above normal. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30-day outlook for December as well as the 90 day outlook for December, 2013 through February, 2014 calls for near average precipitation and temperatures.

Recent storminess has essentially eliminated dry conditions. The outlook for water resources and supplies is good across all of the southern portion of the MARFC service area. Water resources and supplies are sufficient to abundant.

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