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August 15, 2017 August rainfall has been about average plus or minus up to an inch or so in western Maryland, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, and much of Virginia. In the rest of Maryland, northern and eastern Virginia, and in Delaware, rain has been mostly 1 to 3 inches above with the wettest areas in the central Delmarva Peninsula running 3 to over 5 inches above. August temperatures have been normal or a degree or two below. Over the past 90 days, precipitation has been 2 to over 5 inches above normal in Delaware, Maryland, northeastern Virginia, and northern parts of the eastern West Virginia panhandle. The middle Delmarva Peninsula has been 6 to over 10 inches above. Elsewhere, amounts have been about normal plus or minus an inch or two.

Current (August 15) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that streamflows are mostly normal or above normal in Delaware, Maryland, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, and Virginia. Groundwater levels are mostly near normal.

The state of Virginia has a "Drought Watch" in effect for north-central parts of the state. http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity/Drought.aspx

The weather outlook into late August calls for generally near average rainfall. Temperatures are expected to be above average. The NWS Climate Prediction Center's 30 day outlook for August calls for near average precipitation and temperatures. The 90 day outlook for August through October calls for near average precipitation and above average temperatures.

The outlook for water resources and water supplies is good for Delaware, Maryland, northern Virginia, and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. The outlook is fair for the southern two thirds of Virginia. Recent rain and the outlook for rain is promising for the next few weeks, so some improvement is possible.

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