Drought Watch Lifted for 8 Counties, 2 Counties Remain in Drought Warning
Explore the precipitation, surface water, and groundwater data used to monitor drought in Pennsylvania
USGS groundwater and surface water monitoring data contributed to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (PaDEP) January 26, 2024 declaration of a drought watch for 6 counties and drought warnings for Clinton and Franklin Counties.
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 by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as indicators that help determine drought status. Trends in the USGS-provided information can be explored via our Web Tool.
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