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Precipitation levels in good shape

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After a very dry 2012, we have definitely turned the corner precipitation-wise since the first of the year thanks to multiple storm systems.

National precipitation departure for 2013:

Notice how Virginia down to Louisiana, and back up to the Great Lakes, are the only areas that have seen a surplus this yearprecip1

Virginia precipitation surplus for 2013 thus far:

The scale on the right shows how many inches above normal we are since January 1st.  precip2

Here is where we were at the end of 2012:

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A decent portion of the huge 2012 deficit has improved since then, as shown by the precipitation surplus for January 2013:

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Precipitation departure levels for February 2013 thus far:

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Some of the long-term computer models suggest enough occasional storms over the coming weeks to keep the surplus levels in tact.