Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
140 PM EDT THU SEP 01 2016

...AS DEFINED BY THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...THE MAJORITY OF COUNTIES
IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA HAVE BEEN DEFINED AS D0 (ABNORMALLY DRY) OR
D1 (MODERATE DROUGHT).  PORTIONS OF MCKEAN...POTTER...LYCOMING...
ELK...CAMERON...CLINTON...CLEARFIELD AND CENTRE COUNTIES COUNTIES
ARE DEFINED AS HAVING D2 (SEVERE DROUGHT) CONDITIONS...

...THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
HAS ISSUED A DROUGHT WATCH FOR 22 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL
PENNSYLVANIA...AND A DROUGHT WARNING FOR POTTER COUNTY.

...CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA COUNTIES INCLUDED IN THE DROUGHT WATCH
INCLUDE:
BEDFORD...BLAIR...CAMERON...CENTRE...CLEARFIELD...CLINTON...DAUPHIN..
.ELK...FULTON...HUNTINGDON...JUNIATA...LEBANON...LYCOMING...MCKEAN...
MIFFLIN...NORTHAMPTON...PERRY...SCHUYLKILL...SNYDER...SULLIVAN...
TIOGA AND UNION...

...CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA COUNTIES INCLUDED IN THE DROUGHT WARNING
INCLUDE: POTTER...

SYNOPSIS...

MOST AREAS SAW AT LEAST AVERAGE RAINFALL IN AUGUST WHICH HAS HELPED EASE
SOME DROUGHT IMPACTS...HOWEVER MOST OF THE REGION HAS SEEN A PROLONGED
PERIOD OF BELOW AVERAGE PRECIPITATION.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOES NOT
DECLARE DROUGHT WATCHES OR WARNINGS.

A DROUGHT WATCH CONTINUES FOR 22 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA.
THE COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE LISTED EARLIER IN THIS RELEASE.  A DROUGHT
WARNING CONTINUES FOR POTTER COUNTY.

WHEN THE PENNSYLVANIA DEP ISSUES A DROUGHT WATCH A VOLUNTARY 5
PERCENT REDUCTION IN NON-ESSENTIAL WATER USE IS REQUESTED.  IN
POTTER COUNTY WHERE A DROUGHT WARNING WAS ISSUED...CITIZENS ARE
ENCOURAGED TO VOLUNTARILY REDUCE THEIR WATER USAGE BETWEEN 10 AND
15 PERCENT.

ADDITIONALLY A NUMBER OF PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS IN THE REGION HAVE
ALREADY INSTITUTED VOLUNTARY AND MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS IN AN
EFFORT TO PRESERVE THEIR DRINKING WATER SUPPLIES.

THE PENNSYLVANIA DEP RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING WAYS TO REDUCE WATER
USE:

...RUN WATER ONLY WHEN NECESSARY.  AVOID RUNNING THE FAUCET WHILE
BRUSHING YOUR TEETH OR SHAVING OR RUNNING THE SHOWER FOR SEVERAL
MINUTES BEFORE USE.

...CHECK FOR HOUSEHOLD LEAKS. A LEAKING TOILET CAN WASTE UP TO 200
GALLONS OF WATER EACH DAY.

...RUN DISHWASHERS AND WASHING MACHINES WITH FULL LOADS.

...REPLACE OLDER APPLIANCES WITH HIGH-EFFICIENCY FRONT LOADING
MODELS THAT USE ABOUT 30 PERCENT LESS WATER AND 40 TO 50 PERCENT
LESS ENERGY.

...INSTALL LOW-FLOW PLUMBING FIXTURES AND AERATORS ON FAUCETS.

MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON THE PA DEP WEBSITE:
HTTP://WWW.DEP.PA.GOV/DROUGHT /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE FOLLOWING PRECIPITATION STATISTICS (ENDING 8/31) ARE FOR CENTRAL
PENNSYLVANIA COUNTIES SERVICED BY THE STATE COLLEGE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE OFFICE.

                     AUGUST     LAST         LAST
                             90 DAYS     180 DAYS     LAST 365 DAYS
                            TOTAL/DEP.   TOTAL/DEP.   TOTAL/DEP./   %


ADAMS           PA    2.3    8.4  -2.5   17.5  -4.9   41.2  -1.9   -3
BEDFORD         PA    2.4    8.9  -1.6   17.1  -4.1   33.1  -6.1  -15
BLAIR           PA    3.5    9.0  -2.0   17.2  -5.0   33.8  -7.6  -17
CAMBRIA         PA    5.2   12.4   0.0   21.7  -2.4   41.9  -2.7   -5
CAMERON         PA    5.1    9.5  -3.6   18.6  -5.4   41.7  -2.6   -5
CENTRE          PA    4.6    8.9  -3.2   16.8  -5.7   35.7  -6.5  -14
CLEARFIELD      PA    5.0   11.0  -1.9   19.9  -3.8   40.2  -3.4   -7
CLINTON         PA    4.4    8.5  -4.4   15.9  -7.3   34.6  -8.0  -18
COLUMBIA        PA    3.9   12.4  -0.1   19.8  -3.6   39.7  -4.3   -9
CUMBERLAND      PA    2.6    8.9  -2.1   16.9  -5.1   39.7  -2.5   -5
DAUPHIN         PA    3.4   11.5  -0.5   20.3  -3.0   42.6  -2.6   -5
ELK             PA    7.1   12.5  -0.7   20.5  -3.7   44.0  -0.8   -1
FRANKLIN        PA    2.9   10.2  -0.7   18.8  -3.2   38.3  -3.1   -7
FULTON          PA    2.4    9.9  -0.6   18.8  -2.6   38.1  -1.9   -4
HUNTINGDON      PA    4.0    8.9  -1.9   15.9  -5.5   33.0  -7.0  -16
JUNIATA         PA    3.1    8.3  -3.2   16.2  -6.3   34.8  -8.0  -18
LANCASTER       PA    2.7   11.3  -0.3   20.3  -2.3   43.5  -0.4    0
LEBANON         PA    4.1   11.7  -0.2   21.1  -2.2   44.6  -0.4    0
LYCOMING        PA    3.7    9.4  -3.1   16.1  -6.9   34.7  -8.2  -18
MCKEAN          PA    6.8   13.8   0.0   23.1  -1.7   46.3   0.4    1
MIFFLIN         PA    3.9    8.1  -3.2   15.2  -7.0   33.8  -7.9  -18
MONTOUR         PA    3.8   10.9  -1.0   17.9  -4.7   36.4  -6.1  -13
NORTHUMBERLAND  PA    2.9   10.3  -1.9   18.4  -4.5   37.8  -5.8  -12
PERRY           PA    2.9    9.1  -2.4   16.9  -5.7   37.1  -6.1  -13
POTTER          PA    4.6    8.8  -4.0   17.0  -5.9   40.7  -1.4   -2
SCHUYLKILL      PA    3.5   13.0  -0.1   21.2  -3.9   45.2  -3.3   -6
SNYDER          PA    3.0    8.6  -3.9   15.9  -7.3   35.3  -9.5  -20
SOMERSET        PA    3.6   12.6   0.7   22.7  -1.3   39.0  -5.4  -11
SULLIVAN        PA    4.6   10.2  -2.7   17.4  -6.3   37.7  -7.6  -16
TIOGA           PA    3.4    7.9  -3.9   14.3  -6.9   32.8  -5.4  -13
UNION           PA    3.6    9.9  -2.8   17.4  -6.4   37.4  -7.8  -16
WARREN          PA    6.7   15.7   2.1   24.8   0.3   46.2   0.4    1
YORK            PA    3.2   10.3  -0.7   19.9  -2.2   44.3   1.2    3

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

AN ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN IS EXPECTED FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS
WITH THE TROPICAL SYSTEM HERMINE THREATENING THE REGION BY THE
WEEKEND.  THE EXACT TRACK THIS SYSTEM TAKES WILL HAVE SIGNIFICANT
IMPACTS ON HOW MUCH RAIN FALLS.  PLEASE MONITOR NWS FORECASTS FOR
SPECIFICS ON THIS SYSTEM.  ONCE THIS SYSTEM GOES BY A WARM
AND DRIER WEATHER PATTERN IS EXPECTED TO RETURN FOR NEXT WEEK.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

STREAMFLOWS HAVE RECOVERED DUE TO RECENT RAINFALL AND MOST GAGES
ARE FLOWING NORMAL OR TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL LEVELS. GROUND
WATER LEVELS ARE HIGHLY VARIABLE BUT MOST LOCATIONS HAVE SHOWN
IMPROVEMENT DUE TO THE RAINFALL IN AUGUST.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED NO LATER THAN THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH.

RELATED WEB SITES...

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY BE FOUND AT
THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/...

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...HTTP://WWW.DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU CLIMATE
PREDICTION CENTER (CPC)...HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV
NWS WFO STATE COLLEGE...HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/CTP/
MIDDLE ATLANTIC RIVER FORECAST CENTER...HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/MARFC
NWS AHPS...HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/
NIDIS DROUGHT PAGE...HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV
USGS PA DROUGHT PAGE...HTTP://PA.WATER.USGS.GOV/DROUGHT
USACE...HTTP://WWW.USACE.ARMY.MIL/
PA DEP DROUGHT PAGE...HTTP://WWW.DEP.PA.GOV/DROUGHT

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING NOAA`S
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER, THE
USDA, STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE NATIONAL
DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS
BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES, STATE
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES, THE USDA, USACE AND USGS.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT
INFORMATION STATEMENT...PLEASE CONTACT...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE, PA
328 INNOVATION BLVD STE 330
STATE COLLEGE, PA 16803
PHONE...814-231-2408
EMAIL...CTPWEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV (LOWER-CASE)

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