June 15, 2014 - We are midway through June and rainfall has been highly variable so far this month. Much of Maryland, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, northern Virginia, and even parts of southeast and southwest Virginia have had 2 1/2 to over 4 inches of rain. On the other hand, the central and southern Delmarva Peninsula along with much of central and west-central Virginia has only had an inch or 2 of rain. Temperatures are running mostly 1 to 2 1/2 degrees above normal. Over the past 90 days, northeast and central Maryland, as well as northern and central Virginia is running 5 to 10 inches above normal for precipitation. Elsewhere, near to a couple of inches above average precipitation have fallen.

Current (June 15) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are normal in central and western Virginia as well as the central and lower Delmarva Peninsula. Elsewhere, streamflows are much above normal. Groundwater levels are near or above normal.

The weather outlook for the next couple of weeks calls for 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 is "good" or "very good" for Maryland, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Delaware, and Virginia. Though some long term dryness continues in the west, it continues to ease as rain continues. 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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