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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. http://www.mde.maryland.gov/programs/water/droughtinformation/pages/water/drought/index.aspx . 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 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.

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