July 18, 2017 July rainfall has been about normal, plus or minus an
inch or so, in Delaware, Maryland, northern and eastern Virginia, and
the eastern West Virginia panhandle. The rest of Virginia has been an
inch or two below. Temperatures have been 2 to 5 degrees above
average. Over the past 90 days, precipitation has been about normal
to 3 or 4 inches above.
Current (July 18) streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey
shows that streamflows are near or below normal. Groundwater levels
are mostly near normal.
The state of Maryland has a "Drought Watch" in effect for central
parts of the state.
. The state of Virginia has a "Drought Watch" in effect for
north-central parts of the
The weather outlook through late July calls for near or above
average rainfall. Temperatures are expected to be above average to
start the period but then end below 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. At times, dry spells develop in some areas but have tended
to not last long. So, as a result of recent and forecast rain, little
change is expected in this outlook for the next few weeks.