April 28, 2015 April precipitation has been heaviest in
west-central Virginia and surrounding parts of the eastern West
Virginia panhandle where amounts are 2 to 3 1/2 inches above average.
Elsewhere in Virginia, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia,
Maryland, and Delaware, rainfall has mostly been near to an inch or so
above though northeast Maryland has been over 1/2 inch below normal so
far. Temperatures so far in April have been generally 1 to 3 degrees
above normal. Over the past 90 days, precipitation has been near
normal for most areas. The western third of Maryland, adjacent parts
of the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, and far southeastern
Virginia have been 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches below normal. Meanwhile,
west-central Virginia has been 2 to more than 4 inches above normal.
Current (April 28) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey
shows that streamflows are near or above normal. Groundwater levels
are generally near or above normal.
The weather outlook for the next couple of weeks calls for near or
below normal rainfall for the first half of the outlook period but
then above normal rainfall for the second half. Temperatures are
expected to be above normal. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30
day outlook for May as well as the 90 day outlook for May through July
calls for near average precipitation and near normal temperatures.
The outlook for water resources and water supplies is good for the
southern portion of the MARFC service area. Sufficient precipitation
has offset any longer term dry weather. Current rainfall expectations
suggest that water resources and supplies will remain good for at
least the next several weeks.