May 29, 2014 - May is winding down with central Maryland, northern and central Virginia, the eastern-most sections of the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, and even the lower Delmarva Peninsula running normal to 2 inches above normal for rainfall. Elsewhere, rain has been normal to an inch or so below. Temperatures have been warm running 2 to 5 degrees above normal so far in May. Over the past 90 days, northeast and central Maryland, as well as northern and central Virginia are running 3 to nearly 8 inches above normal for precipitation. Meanwhile, western Maryland and much of the adjacent eastern panhandle of West Virginia are 1 1/2 to 3 inches below average. Elsewhere, about average amounts have fallen.

Current (May 29) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are normal to above (and even much above especially in Maryland and Virginia) normal. Groundwater levels are above normal.

The weather outlook for the next couple of weeks calls for near or above normal rainfall. Temperatures are expected to be above normal. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30-day outlook for June calls for near or above normal rainfall and near normal temperatures. The 90 day outlook for June through August calls for near average precipitation and near or above average temperatures.

The outlook for water resources and supplies has improved to "good" for far western Maryland and adjacent portions of the West Virginia panhandle now that significant rain has fallen recently. Long term dryness continues, but has eased for the time being. The far western Virginia counties are also within the "good" region. Elsewhere in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia, very good water resources and supplies exist. The expectation of near or above average rainfall should ensure that water resources and supplies remain abundant for at least several more weeks.

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