Drought Warning Declared in 3 Pennsylvania Counties, Watch Expanded to 29 Counties

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USGS groundwater and surface water monitoring data contributed to the August 21, 2020 drought watch declaration for 16 counties by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PaDEP). The last drought watch ended in May 2017.

On September 30, 2020, PaDEP expanded the drought declarations with warnings in 3 counties and watches in 29 counties. 

Current information from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Drought Program is available online

USGS data on streamflow and groundwater levels, National Weather Service data on precipitation, and Climate Prediction Center calculations of the Palmer Drought Severity Index (for soil moisture dryness) are used as indicators that help determine drought status. The trends in the USGS-provided information can be explored via the Web App.

 

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