February 25, 2014 - February precipitation has been above normal
for Maryland, Delaware, eastern West Virginia, and Virginia with 3 to
over 5 inches reported to date. The lightest amounts have been in the
lower Delmarva Peninsula and the Tidewater Region of southeast
Virginia. The past 90 days have been quite wet and/or white with most
areas running 3 to over 7 inches above average precipitation. Only
far western Maryland is running near average.
As of February 25, little snow is on the ground in the southern
portions of the MARFC service area. Far western Maryland and
adjoining portions of West Virginia have 1 to 10 inches on the ground.
A small part of northern Maryland also has an inch or two on the
ground. The water equivalent in this snow, or the amount of water
that will be released when the snow melts, is 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches in
northern Maryland, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, and in far
western Maryland. The highest elevations of far western Maryland have
1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches on the ground. This snow may be hydrologically
significant should a rapid warm-up with moderate or heavy rain occur.
Some river ice remains in northern and northwestern areas, so some
jamming can still cause rapid fluctuations in water levels. This will
continue until a warm-up melts the ice.
Current (February 25) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological
Survey shows that streamflows are near or above normal. Groundwater
levels are mostly above normal.
The weather outlook into the first week to 10 days of March calls
for below average precipitation early in the period but then above
average precipitation. Temperatures are expected to be below normal.
The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30-day outlook for March as well
as the 90 day outlook for March through May calls for near average
temperatures and precipitation.
The outlook for water resources and supplies is very good across
all of the southern portion of the MARFC service area. Water
resources and supplies are abundant.