January 2, 2014 - December was wet and/or white with amounts 1 to over 3 inches above average (rain plus snow or ice water equivalent) for the southern portion of the MARFC service area. Temperatures in December were quite warm running 2 1/2 to 4 degrees above normal. As a result, long term dry conditions have essentially been washed away. 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 2 to over 5 inches above average. Elsewhere, precipitation has been near average. For calendar year 2013, Delaware, most of Maryland east of the Chesapeake Bay, and much of central and southern Virginia was 6 to more than 12 inches above normal. The only dry area was Allegany County, MD and Mineral County, WV where amounts were 5 to 7 inches below normal. Elsewhere, amounts were within a couple of inches of normal.

As of January 2, little or no snow is on the ground in the southern portions of the MARFC service area.

Current (January 2) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are, on average, near or above normal. Groundwater levels are generally near or above normal.

The weather outlook into the middle of January calls for near average precipitation. Temperatures are expected to be below or much below normal, but then moderate to near normal by mid-month. 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.

End.