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Water Resources Outlook - Southern MARFC Area
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December 8, 2014 - November precipitation ended about normal plus or minus 1 to 1 1/2 inches. The dry areas were in the west while the wet areas were generally coastal locations. Temperatures for November averaged 2 to 5 degrees below normal. The first week of December has already brought 1 to over 1 1/2 inches of precipitation to most areas. Southeast Virginia and the lower Delmarva Peninsula have only picked up 1/4 to 1/2 inch so far. Over the past 90 days, most areas have been 1 to 3 inches below normal precipitation-wise. Only a couple of scattered locations have been above normal.

Current (December 8) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are running near or above normal. Groundwater levels are averaging near normal.

The weather outlook through the next couple of weeks calls for above average precipitation along the Atlantic coast early in the period. Otherwise, precipitation is expected to be below average. Temperatures are expected to begin the period near normal but then warm to above normal levels. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30 day outlook for December calls for near normal precipitation and above normal temperatures. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 90 day outlook for December, 2014 through February, 2015 calls for near average precipitation and temperatures.

The outlook for water resources and water supplies is good for many areas of the southern portion of the MARFC service area. Much of Virginia, especially central portions, is fair. Dry conditions have persisted for the past few months interrupted by only brief wet periods. However, recent above normal precipitation is helping to lead to improved conditions. With the passage of the next storm system, improvement may occur, at least in some areas. With the onset of winter, further degradation will be slow to occur and improvement may occur quickly if wet weather were to occur.

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