March 26, 2015 March precipitation has been fairly typically so far
with generally average amounts, plus or minus 1/2 to 1 inch, reported
to date. Temperatures have ranged from 1 to 3 degrees above normal in
the southwest to 1 to 4 degrees below normal elsewhere. Over the past
90 days, precipitation in western Maryland, parts of the eastern
panhandle of West Virginia, as well as parts of western and central
Virginia have been 1 to nearly 4 inches below average. The remainder
of the area has been closer to average plus or minus an inch or two.
The snow and stream/river ice has melted with little or none
remaining in the southern portion of the MARFC service area. If
additional snow were to fall this season, it will melt quickly.
Current (March 26) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey
shows that streamflows are near or below normal. Groundwater levels
are generally averaging near normal.
The weather outlook through the first week or two of April calls
for near or below normal precipitation for the first half of the
period with above normal rainfall expected for the second half of the
outlook period. Temperatures are expected to be near of below
normal. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30 day outlook for April
calls for near average precipitation and near or below normal
temperatures. The 90 day outlook for April through June calls for
near or above 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. However, there are areas of
precipitation deficiencies, especially in the west, which will be
monitored in upcoming weeks should precipitation remain low. As the
spring season emerges and if precipitation remains below normal, then
degradation in this outlook may occur.