Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Sterling, VA

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000 AXUS71 KLWX 111245 DGTLWX DCC001-MDC003-005-027-031-033-VAC003-013-015-047-059-061-079-091- 107-113-137-153-165-177-179-510-600-610-630-660-683-685-790-820- 131245- Drought Information Statement National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC 845 AM EDT Thu May 11 2017 ...RECENT RAINS END DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS THE AREA... ...FINAL DROUGHT STATEMENT... SYNOPSIS... As of May 9th 2017, the U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that all drought conditions have been alleviated as a result of recent rains. Some areas are still designated as Abnormally Dry (D0) but this is based on long-term deficits, which are also quickly disappearing. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... State and Local Declarations: The existing Drought Warning for the Central Region of Maryland, declared by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE); and the Drought Watch for the Northern Piedmont and Northern Virginia Regions of Virginia, declared by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), have not yet been reassessed since conditions improved, and so are still in place at the time of this statement. Those declarations are reassessed periodically. Consult local officials for updates. CLIMATE SUMMARY... Rainfall over the last week has been extremely plentiful, and continues to fall at the time of this statement. Widespread rain of two to four inches has fallen in the past week. Some locations just east of the Blue Ridge received over five inches. Rainfall in the past 30 days is 3 to 7 inches, which is near to well above normal. Rain is now near to above normal even back to 120 days, and the 180 day rainfall is at least 75 percent of normal everywhere, a vast improvement from recent weeks and months. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... And more rain is on the way. 1 to 3 inches is expected through this weekend, which will knock out most of the remaining long-term deficits. Next week, the weather pattern completely flips, bringing early summer weather back to the region along with generally drier weather for several days. A long dry spell though does not appear likely. HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK... Streamflow has improved to near to above normal, as has soil moisture. Groundwater is all over the map, but that isn`t particularly unusual around this region. Even in places where groundwater is below normal, it has improved from the worst of the winter and early spring. NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... With no further Moderate Drought (D1) indicated in the area, this will be the final issuance of this product for this event. Issuance of this product will resume when Moderate Drought (D1) is indicated in Washington DC or in the Middle Potomac river basin just upstream from Washington DC. && 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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