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Water Resources Outlook - Southern MARFC Area
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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.

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