Drought Information Statement
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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
914 AM EST Thu Mar 8 2018


As of March 6th 2018, the U.S. Drought Monitor designations
remain nearly unchanged from mid-February.

D1 (Moderate Drought) conditions are still designated only for a
small -- but significant -- portion of the area, including the
District of Columbia, parts of Howard, Montgomery, and Prince
Georges Counties in Maryland, and parts of Fauquier, Stafford,
Prince William, Loudoun, and Fairfax Counties in Virginia, as well
as all of Arlington County and the cities of Manassas, Manassas
Park, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Alexandria.

Most of the rest of the area east of the Blue Ridge and Catoctin
Mountains is still designated as D0 (Abnormally Dry), including
the city of Baltimore. This also includes the cities of
Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, and Staunton west of the Blue Ridge.

State and Local Declarations:
A Drought Watch has been declared by the Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality (DEQ) for all of northern Virginia, except
for King George County, Highland County, and communities whose
water supplies come from the Potomac River or Occoquan Reservoir.
A Drought Watch has been recommended for Highland County but has
not yet been declared.

A Drought Watch has also been declared by the Maryland Department
of the Environment (MDE) for its Central and Southern regions,
which include Frederick, Carroll, Harford, Charles, Calvert, and
Saint Mary`s Counties, as well as portions of Montgomery, Howard,
Anne Arundel, Prince George`s, and Baltimore Counties that are
not serviced by WSSC or Baltimore City water systems.

Both of these declarations date back to before the recent
rainfall. No other state or local declarations are known as of
the time of this statement.

Hydrologic Impacts:
Soil moisture has improved, and is now near normal in most of the
area, although it has fallen back below normal south of Washington

Groundwater levels have also made a significant recovery. While
they are still below normal in northern Virginia, a notable move
has occurred in the groundwater wells there also.

Our wet pattern of recent weeks has done an excellent job of
eliminating short term precipitation deficits. Rainfall in the
last 30 days is near to above normal; 60 days is near to above
normal; and 90 days is near to below normal. It is these deficits
from the late summer and autumn that are still a concern; however,
as long as we do not have another long dry stretch this spring,
concerns are decreasing.

We are currently in a bit of a drier pattern, with total liquid
equivalent precipitation of around a half inch expected through
March 15th.

The 90 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center favors
above normal precipitation through the end of May.

Streamflows are generally near normal in Maryland and West
Virginia and below normal in Virginia and DC.

Streamflows are likely to decrease a bit in the short term, given
the drier pattern. Groundwater and soil moisture are also likely
to show some decrease. However, the longer range outlook implies
all of these will show improvement later in the spring.

The Drought Outlook calls for continued improvement overall.

With only D1 (Moderate Drought) conditions remaining in the
region, this statement will be issued on a periodic basis. The
next scheduled issuance of this statement will be Thursday, April
5th. If conditions change significantly before then, the
statement will be updated as needed.


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

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

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.

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


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