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Maryland's Drought Statatus: Current Conditions


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for May 31 2015

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Watch Watch Normal Normal[1.]
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Watch N/A Normal

Normal[1.] - Although two indicators are in drought Watch, recent precipitation and stream flow responce indicate that a drought Watch declaration would not be appropriate at this time.
 

Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for April 30 2015

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for March 31 2015

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal

 

Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for February 28 2015

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Watch Watch Normal Normal[1.]
Central Normal Watch Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal

[1.] Although there are two indicators in the Watch status for the Western Region, the overall status is considered Normal because:

  1. According to the US Drought Monitor. conditions have improved between 3/3/2015 and 3/10/2015.
  2. There was only one stream gage with reliable data available, making our evaluation limited.
  3. Any declaration of drought Watch during a sseason when there is no outdoor water use would have no real impact.

Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for January 31 2015

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for December 31 2014

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for November 30 2014

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for October 31 2014

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for September 30 2014

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal[1][2] Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal
[1] Data from Cumberland has not been received as of 2014-Oct-07, but Cumberland had 400 days of storage at the end of July
[2] Data from Frostburg has not been received as of 2014-Oct-07, but Frostburg had 367 days of storage at the end of August


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for August 31 2014

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal[1] Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal
[1] Data from Cumberland has not been received as of 2014-Oct-07, but Cumberland had 400 days of storage at the end of July


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for July 31 2014

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for June 30 2014

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for May 31 2014

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for April 30 2014

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for March 31 2014

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for February 28 2014

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for January 31 2014

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for November 30 2013

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for October 31 2013

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal



Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for September 30 2013

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Watch Normal[1.][2.] Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal
[1.] Data from Frostburg has not been received as of 2013-Oct-07 at 2:30 PM but Frostburg had 575 days of storage at the end of July
[2.]Data from Cumberland has not been received as of 2013-Oct-07 at 2:30 PM but Cumberland had 332 days of storage at the end of August

Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for August 31 2013

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for July 31 2013

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Watch Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for June 30 2013

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Watch Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for April 30, 2013

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Watch Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for March 31, 2013

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal[1] Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal
[1]Data for the Baltimore City reservoirs has not been received as of 2013-Apr-19 at 10:00 AM, but Baltmore City had 347 days of storage at the end of February

Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for February 28, 2013

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal

 

Summary of Hydrologic Indicators for January 31, 2013

Region Rainfall Stream Flow Groundwater Reservoirs Overall Status
Western Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Central Normal Normal Normal Normal Normal
Eastern Normal Normal Normal N/A Normal
Southern Normal N/A Normal N/A Normal


 

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In order to monitor drought conditions across the State, Maryland Department of the Environment performs and monthly evaluations of hydrologic indicators. These indicators are precipitation, stream flow, ground water levels and reservoir storage. These indicators are used in conjunction with the condition of water supplies, status of utilities, temperature, season of year and other relevant factors. This method was endorsed by the Water Conservation/Drought Task Force Committee to measure the impact of a drought on a regional basis throughout the State.

Drought conditions are evaluated on a regional basis. Precipitation, however, is also reviewed statewide and by county. The task force plan allows for staged response to drought, with conditions being in the "Normal," "Watch," "Warning," or "Emergency." In order for a region to be placed in the "Watch," "Warning," or "Emergency" stage, two or more indicators must be in that category or a higher level.

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Please contact the Water Supply Program at WATER.SUPPLY@maryland.gov or 410-537-3702