April 10, 2014 - April has started off on the dry side for much of
the southern portion of the MARFC service area. Most areas have only
had 1/4 to 3/4 inch of rain so far. But, central and far southeastern
Virginia have had 1 to nearly 2 inches of rain making this the wet
section, at least for now. Over the past 90 days, much of central
Maryland and northern Virginia, and now even central Virginia, are
running 1 to nearly 3 inches above normal while far western Maryland
and parts of the eastern panhandle of West Virginia are 1 1/2 to 2 1/2
inches below average. Elsewhere, about average amounts of
precipitation have fallen.
As of April 10, no snow remains in the southern portion of the
MARFC service area.
Current (April 10) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey
shows that streamflows are near or above normal. Groundwater levels
are near or above normal.
The weather outlook for the next couple of weeks calls for near or
above average precipitation. Temperatures are expected to begin the
period above normal but then drop back to near or below normal. The
NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30-day outlook for April as well as
the 90 day outlook for April through June calls for near average
temperatures and precipitation.
The outlook for water resources and supplies is good or very good
across all of the southern portion of the MARFC service area. Recent
storminess along with the expectation of additional rainfall should
ensure that water resources and supplies remain abundant for at least
several more weeks. An overall long term lack of precipitation in far
western Maryland and the eastern panhandle of west Virginia could
become an area of concern should long term dry weather persist.