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April 10, 2014 - April has started off on the dry side for much of the southern portion of the MARFC service area. Most areas have only had 1/4 to 3/4 inch of rain so far. But, central and far southeastern Virginia have had 1 to nearly 2 inches of rain making this the wet section, at least for now. Over the past 90 days, much of central Maryland and northern Virginia, and now even central Virginia, are running 1 to nearly 3 inches above normal while far western Maryland and parts of the eastern panhandle of West Virginia are 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches below average. Elsewhere, about average amounts of precipitation have fallen.

As of April 10, no snow remains in the southern portion of the MARFC service area.

Current (April 10) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are near or above normal. Groundwater levels are near or above normal.

The weather outlook for the next couple of weeks calls for near or above average precipitation. Temperatures are expected to begin the period above normal but then drop back to near or below normal. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30-day outlook for April as well as the 90 day outlook for April through June calls for near average temperatures and precipitation.

The outlook for water resources and supplies is good or very good across all of the southern portion of the MARFC service area. Recent storminess along with the expectation of additional rainfall should ensure that water resources and supplies remain abundant for at least several more weeks. An overall long term lack of precipitation in far western Maryland and the eastern panhandle of west Virginia could become an area of concern should long term dry weather persist.

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