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USGS groundwater and surface water monitoring data contributed to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (PaDEP) March 6, 2024, lifting of all drought watches and warnings for Pennsylvania 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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