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October 19, 2022

USGS groundwater and surface water monitoring data contributed to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (PaDEP) October 17, 2022 lifting of the drought watch for 20 counties. The drought watch declared on August 31, 2022 remains in effect for 16 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 as indicators that help determine drought status. Trends in the USGS-provided information can be explored via our Web Tool

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