Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Sterling, VA

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
230 PM EST Thu Dec 7 2017

...DRY FALL TAKING ITS TOLL...

SYNOPSIS...
As of December 5th 2017, the U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that
drought conditions are developing across portions of the region.

D1 (Moderate Drought) conditions have been designated for portions
of Augusta and Nelson Counties in Virginia, along with the
independent cities of Waynesboro and Staunton. D1 (Moderate
Drought) conditions have also been designated in the District of
Columbia, and immediately-adjacent portions of Virginia, as well
as much of Central Maryland, including the entire Baltimore-
Washington corridor. Most of the remainder of the area is
designated as D0 (Abnormally Dry), except for portions of the
Potomac Highlands.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...
State and Local Declarations:
A Drought Watch has been declared by the Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality (DEQ) for most of northern Virginia, except
for King George County and the counties in the DC Metro area. No
other state or local declarations are known as of the time of this
statement.

Hydrologic Impacts:
Soil moisture is well below normal in the DC metro area, generally
below the 20th percentile for this time of year, and even below
the 10th percentile just west of DC.

Groundwater levels typically bottom out for the season in
September, but this year have continued to fall through October
and November due to the dry conditions. Many monitoring wells are
now well below normal and a few are at the lowest on record for
this time of year.

Some municipalities implement voluntary or mandatory water
restrictions when streamflow levels drop. Please check to see if
your community is included in these water restrictions.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
Recent rainfall has been paltry at best. Rainfall between
Thanksgiving Day and December 7th has been less than a half inch
across the entire service area. Normal during this time should be
between one and two inches.

The rainfall deficits are most prominent since September, with
most areas running 2 to 7 inches below normal just for that three
month timeframe.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
No relief is in sight. Precipitation (frozen or liquid) through
December 15th is almost zero areawide, and if by some chance
something does occur, it will be light. Temperatures are expected
to be below to much below normal through December 15th. The
outlook for the rest of December also favors below normal
temperatures and precipitation.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
Streamflow is below normal areawide and much below normal in many
spots, as of December 7th. Given the precipitation outlook noted
above, this is expected to continue through the remainder of the
month.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
The next scheduled issuance of this product will be Thursday,
December 28th, unless conditions significantly change between now
and then.

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RELATED WEB SITES...
Additional information on current drought conditions may be found
at the following web addresses...

US Drought Monitor...http://www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu
NWS Drought Page...http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/drought
Climate Prediction Center (CPC)...http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov

ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...
National Weather Service...http://water.weather.gov
US Geological Survey...http://water.usgs.gov

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
The drought monitor is a multi-agency effort involving NOAA`s
National Weather Service and National Climatic Data Center, the
USDA, state and regional center climatologists, and the National
Drought Mitigation Center. Information for this statement has
been gathered from NWS and FAA observation sites, State
Cooperative Extension Services, the USDA, USACE, and USGS.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
If you have questions or comments about this Drought Information
Statement...please contact...

National Weather Service
43858 Weather Service Road
Sterling, VA 20166
Phone: 703-996-2200
lwxwebmaster@noaa.gov

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JE


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