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June 24, 2017 June rainfall has been mostly normal to 2 inches below normal. The Hampton Roads region of Virginia has been 1 to 2 1/2 inches above average. Temperatures have been about 1 to over 3 degrees above normal. Over the past 90 days, precipitation has been about normal or an inch or 2 above in Maryland, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Delaware, and northern-most Virginia. The rest of Virginia has been 2 to over 6 inches above.

Current (June 24) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are near or above normal. Groundwater levels are mostly near normal.

The state of Maryland has a "Drought Watch" in effect for central parts of the state. http://www.mde.maryland.gov/programs/water/droughtinformation/pages/water/drought/index.aspx . The state of Virginia has reduced coverage for the "Drought Watch," but it is still in effect for north-central parts of the state. http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity/Drought.aspx

The weather outlook through the first week of July calls for much below average rain to start the period but then above average rainfall, especially once July begins. Temperatures are expected to be above average. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30 day outlook for July as well as the 90 day outlook for July through September calls for near average precipitation and above average temperatures.

The outlook for water resources and water supplies is good for Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. However, Maryland and adjoining parts of nearby states have been lacking in rain. If this lack of rain were to continue, then a degradation in this outlook is possible.

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