Summer 2019 brought flash flooding to some parts of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, while other areas experienced as little as 50 percent of normal rainfall. July was also among the 10 warmest months on record for several locations.
MARISA is developing useful climate data sets for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and greater Mid-Atlantic region. Our latest product is “ChesWx”, a 4-km gridded data set of historical daily temperature and precipitation observations across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. New products and data sets will become available as research progresses.
There is a wealth of data and climate information that could help improve the resilience of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Increased flooding, rising temperatures, and the potential for extreme rainfall events will impact future decisions about transportation, land, and water management.