December 23, 2013 - December has been quite wet or white to date with 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 inches of precipitation. This is above or even much above normal. Some 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 over 3 inches above average. Elsewhere, precipitation has been 1 to 2 1/2 inches below average. Calendar year 2013 is almost over. 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. Elsewhere, amounts are within a couple of inches of normal.

A recent storm brought rain and very warm temperatures and dewpoints to the Mid-Atlantic melting most of the snow. As of December 23, little or no snow is on the ground in the southern portions of the MARFC service area.

Current (December 23) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are near normal in southeast Virginia but above or much above normal elsewhere. These levels are high largely due to recent rain and melting snow and will be dropping over the next several days. Groundwater levels are generally near or above normal.

The weather outlook into early January calls for below average precipitation and temperatures. This outlook suggests that the recent period of wet weather may be coming to an end, at least for a short time. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30-day outlook for January, 2014 as well as the 90 day outlook for January, 2014 through March, 2014 calls for near average precipitation and temperatures.

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

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