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Water Resources Outlook - Southern MARFC Area
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June 1, 2015 May rainfall was mostly 1 to 3 inches below normal though some parts of the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, northwest Virginia, and northern Maryland were about normal, plus or minus an inch or so. Temperatures were very warm running 4 to over 7 degrees above normal placing some locations in the top 10 for warmest May. Over the past 90 days, precipitation has been near normal for many areas plus or minus and inch or two. Parts of the middle Chesapeake Bay area are 2 to over 3 inches below normal.

Current (June 1) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are near or below normal though much of northern Maryland has above normal streamflows as a result of recent rainfall. Groundwater levels are generally near or below normal.

The weather outlook through the middle of June calls for above normal rainfall (and possibly much above in the near term). Temperatures are expected to be above average. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30 day outlook for June calls for above normal rainfall along with above average temperatures. The 90 day outlook for June through August calls for near average precipitation and near normal temperatures.

The outlook for water resources and water supplies is good for most of the southern portion of the MARFC service area. The outlook is good to fair for northern Maryland into Delaware. Rainfall over the past several weeks indicates that a dry spell has started. Though still short term, if this overall dryness continues, then longer term deficits will grow and effects will increase, such as low streamflows, low groundwater, and dry soils. The outlook for rainfall is promising and is likely to help ease some of the increasingly dry conditions and may even improve the outlook. However, further degrading of this outlook is still possible in the event that this rainfall does not materialize.


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