Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
415 PM EST TUE FEB 21 2017

...AS OF FEBRUARY 14TH, NORTHERN NEW JERSEY WAS DEFINED AS D2
(SEVERE DROUGHT) BY THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...

...AS OF FEBRUARY 14TH, SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA, PORTIONS OF NORTHERN
AND CENTRAL NEW JERSEY, AND THE EXTREME NORTHERN DELMARVA WAS
DEFINED AS D1 (MODERATE DROUGHT) BY THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...

...AS OF FEBRUARY 14TH, SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY AND PORTIONS OF THE
DELMARVA HAVE BEEN DEFINED AS D0 (ABNORMALLY DRY) BY THE U.S.
DROUGHT MONITOR...

...THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY HAS ISSUED A DROUGHT WARNING FOR NINE
COUNTIES WITHIN OUR HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA (HSA) AND A DROUGHT
WATCH FOR FOUR ADDITIONAL COUNTIES WITHIN OUR HSA...

...THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA HAS ISSUED A DROUGHT WATCH FOR ALL
COUNTIES WITHIN OUR HSA...

SYNOPSIS...

FOR EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA...NORTHWEST, CENTRAL
AND SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY...DELAWARE...AND THE EASTERN SHORE OF
MARYLAND...

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

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

A DROUGHT WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR 14 NEW JERSEY COUNTIES. FIVE
OF THE COUNTIES ARE LOCATED IN THE NEW YORK CITY/UPTON SERVICE AREA.
NINE ARE LOCATED IN THE MOUNT HOLLY SERVICE AREA INCLUDING
HUNTERDON, MERCER, MIDDLESEX, MONMOUTH, MORRIS, OCEAN, SOMERSET,
SUSSEX, AND WARREN. A DROUGHT WATCH ALSO REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR
BURLINGTON, CAMDEN, GLOUCESTER, AND SALEM.

HELPFUL CONSERVATION TIPS FROM THE THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY ARE
AVAILABLE AT HTTP://NJDROUGHT.ORG/IDEAS.HTML
/USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/.

IN PENNSYLVANIA...THE DROUGHT WARNING THAT WAS ISSUED FOR FOUR
COUNTIES WITHIN OUR HSA (CARBON, LEHIGH, MONROE, AND NORTHAMPTON)
HAS BEEN CANCELLED. A DROUGHT WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR ALL
COUNTIES WITHIN OUR HSA. THE WATCH INCLUDES BERKS, BUCKS, CARBON,
CHESTER, DELAWARE, LEHIGH, MONROE, MONTGOMERY, NORTHAMPTON, AND
PHILADELPHIA.

THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA ENCOURAGES YOU TO VIEW THEIR WEBSITE FOR
CONSERVATION RECOMMENDATIONS. THESE RECOMMENDATIONS CAN BE FOUND AT
HTTP://DEP.PA.GOV/DROUGHT /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/.

SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS (ENDING 2/18).
SOIL MOISTURE, AS MEASURED BY THE PALMER DROUGHT SEVERITY INDEX,
RANGED FROM -1.80 TO -1.40 IN MARYLAND, -0.84 TO +0.85 IN
PENNSYLVANIA, -1.24 TO -0.60 IN DELAWARE, AND -0.84 TO 0.31 IN NEW
JERSEY.

WHAT DO THE NUMBERS MEAN?

-4.0 OR LESS: EXTREME DROUGHT
-3.0 TO -3.9: SEVERE DROUGHT
-2.0 TO -2.9: MODERATE DROUGHT
-1.9 TO +1.9: NEAR NORMAL
+2.0 TO +2.9: UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL
+3.0 TO +3.9: VERY MOIST
+4.0 AND ABOVE: EXTREMELY MOIST

GROUNDWATER CONDITIONS (ENDING 2/21).
REGIONAL GROUND WATER LEVELS VARIED WIDELY AND WERE RUNNING WELL
BELOW NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL.

RIVER AND STREAMFLOW CONDITIONS (ENDING 2/21).
REGIONAL STREAMFLOW CONDITIONS VARIED WIDELY AND WERE RUNNING
MUCH BELOW NORMAL TO NORMAL.

DELAWARE RIVER SALT LINE (ENDING 2/15).
THE SALT LINE IN THE DELAWARE RIVER ESTUARY WAS ESTIMATED AT RIVER
MILE MARKER 73. THE NORMAL LOCATION FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR IS RIVER
MILE MARKER 71.

RESERVOIRS/WATER SUPPLY (ENDING 2/21).
MOST RESERVOIR POOLS WERE NORMAL.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

DURING THE LAST 30 DAYS (ENDING 2/20), MEAN AREAL PRECIPITATION
TOTALS WERE MAINLY BETWEEN 1.0 AND 3.5 INCHES ACROSS THE ENTIRE
HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA. DEPARTURES VARIED BETWEEN MUCH BELOW NORMAL
AND ABOVE NORMAL.

DURING THE LAST 60 DAYS (ENDING 2/20), MEAN AREAL PRECIPITATION
TOTALS WERE MAINLY BETWEEN 4.0 AND 5.5 INCHES ACROSS THE ENTIRE
HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA. DEPARTURES VARIED BETWEEN MUCH BELOW NORMAL
AND NORMAL.

THE FOLLOWING PRECIPITATION STATISTICS (ENDING 2/20) FOR NEW
JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA, DELAWARE AND MARYLAND ARE COUNTYWIDE AVERAGES.

                    MONTH    LAST          LAST
                       SO    90 DAYS      180 DAYS     LAST 365 DAYS
                      FAR   TOTAL/DEP.   TOTAL/DEP.   TOTAL/DEP./   %

Berks           PA    0.9    9.1  -0.8   16.2  -5.8   37.4  -8.5  -18
Bucks           PA    1.1   10.3  -0.2   15.8  -7.0   37.3 -10.8  -21
Carbon          PA    1.3    9.2  -1.6   16.2  -8.3   41.3  -9.4  -18
Chester         PA    1.0    9.6  -0.8   16.4  -6.2   38.6  -8.5  -17
Delaware        PA    0.8    9.1  -1.0   16.0  -5.7   37.4  -8.3  -17
Lehigh          PA    1.2    9.3  -0.9   16.8  -5.7   39.6  -7.3  -15
Monroe          PA    1.6    9.7  -1.6   15.9  -9.3   38.8 -12.6  -23
Montgomery      PA    0.9    9.5  -0.7   15.2  -7.0   35.6 -11.2  -23
Northampton     PA    1.4    9.9  -0.2   16.3  -6.4   36.6 -10.7  -22
Philadelphia    PA    0.8    8.9  -1.4   14.9  -6.9   37.0  -9.8  -20

Burlington      NJ    1.0    9.1  -1.4   16.6  -4.9   39.0  -7.3  -15
Camden          NJ    0.9    8.7  -1.8   17.5  -4.2   40.4  -6.2  -12
Gloucester      NJ    0.8    8.2  -2.0   16.0  -5.3   37.6  -7.9  -16
Hunterdon       NJ    1.4   10.6  -0.1   15.0  -8.2   39.2  -9.9  -19
Mercer          NJ    0.9    9.9  -0.6   16.4  -5.8   39.2  -8.8  -17
Salem           NJ    0.8    8.1  -1.6   17.2  -3.1   40.3  -3.4   -7
Sussex          NJ    1.9    9.8  -0.4   15.8  -6.8   36.6 -11.1  -22
Warren          NJ    1.7   10.0  -0.2   15.3  -7.7   36.2 -12.1  -24

Atlantic        NJ    0.9    8.9  -1.6   18.2  -3.0   42.1  -2.5   -5
Cape May        NJ    0.8    7.9  -2.1   20.6  -0.3   45.5   1.9    4
Cumberland      NJ    0.8    7.5  -2.3   16.7  -3.6   41.4  -2.0   -4
Middlesex       NJ    1.1   10.6   0.1   17.5  -4.9   39.0  -8.4  -17
Monmouth        NJ    1.2   11.0   0.3   21.6  -0.5   41.9  -4.8   -9
Morris          NJ    1.6   10.7  -0.3   16.2  -7.8   38.2 -12.3  -23
Ocean           NJ    1.2   10.4  -0.2   19.8  -1.7   42.3  -3.2   -6
Somerset        NJ    1.2   11.3   0.8   16.3  -6.4   38.7  -9.4  -19

Kent            DE    0.7    7.6  -2.3   19.9  -0.7   47.8   3.8    9
New Castle      DE    0.9    8.3  -1.4   17.6  -3.0   43.9  -0.2    0
Sussex          DE    0.6    7.6  -2.8   25.0   3.7   50.1   5.2   11

Cecil           MD    0.9    8.4  -1.6   17.1  -4.3   42.2  -2.8   -5
Caroline        MD    0.5    7.1  -2.6   21.9   1.6   47.7   4.2   10
Kent            MD    0.7    7.5  -2.2   17.1  -3.6   45.5   2.0    5
Queen Annes     MD    0.5    7.0  -2.7   17.4  -3.1   47.4   4.1   10
Talbot          MD    0.3    6.3  -3.6   17.5  -3.0   43.4  -0.6    0

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

High pressure will remain anchored just off the East Coast
through midweek. A cold front approaching from the northwest will
likely dissipate as it moves into the region late Thursday. Low
pressure organizing over the Southern Great Plains is forecast to
strengthen while it tracks northeastward across the Midwest and
Great Lakes region late in the week. Meanwhile, a warm front ahead
of this low will lift northward through the Mid Atlantic on Friday.
This system is expected to bring a strong cold front through the
area on Saturday. High pressure builds in from the west late in the
weekend before eventually moving offshore early next week.

The 8 to 14 day outlook calls for above normal temperatures and
precipitation.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY...

SOIL MOISTURE...NEAR NORMAL
GROUND WATER...WELL BELOW NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL
STREAMFLOW...MUCH BELOW NORMAL TO NORMAL
DELAWARE RIVER SALT LINE...FURTHER UPSTREAM COMPARED TO NORMAL
RESERVOIRS/WATER SUPPLY...NORMAL
30 DAY RAINFALL...MUCH BELOW NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL
60 DAY RAINFALL...MUCH BELOW NORMAL TO NORMAL

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY MARCH 17TH.

&&

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 MOUNT HOLLY...HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/PHI/
NWS MARFC...HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/MARFC
NWS AHPS...HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/
NIDIS DROUGHT PAGE...HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV
USGS...HTTP://WATERWATCH.USGS.GOV
USACE...HTTP://WWW.USACE.ARMY.MIL/
NJ DEP...HTTP://NJDROUGHT.ORG/
PA DEP...HTTP://WWW.DEP.PA.GOV/BUSINESS/WATER/PLANNINGCONVERSATION/
                DROUGHT/PAGES/DEFAULT.ASPX
MD DEP...HTTP://MDE.STATE.MD.US/PROGRAMS/WATER/DROUGHTINFORMATION/
                PAGES/WATER/DROUGHT/INDEX.ASPX
DE DNREC...HTTP://DGS.UDEL.EDU/PROJECTS/DROUGHT-CONDITIONS-
                  INDICATORS-DELAWARE

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.

TO HELP CONSERVE WATER, HERE ARE A FEW WATER CONSERVATION TIPS
FROM THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY:

1. DO NOT OVER-WATER LAWNS AND LANDSCAPING. TWO TIMES PER WEEK FOR
30 MINUTES IN THE MORNING OR LATE EVENING TYPICALLY IS SUFFICIENT.
USE A HOSE WITH A HAND-HELD NOZZLE TO WATER FLOWERS AND SHRUBS.
2. AVOID WATERING LAWNS AND PLANTS DURING THE HEAT OF THE DAY, AS
THIS PROMOTES EVAPORATION AND WATER WASTE.
3. USE A BROOM TO SWEEP THE SIDEWALK, RATHER THAN A HOSE.
4. TO SAVE WATER AT HOME, FIX LEAKY FAUCETS AND PIPES.
5. TURN OFF THE FAUCET WHILE BRUSHING TEETH AND SHAVING.
6. RUN WASHING MACHINES AND DISHWASHERS ONLY WHEN FULL.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

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

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
732 WOODLANE ROAD
MOUNT HOLLY, NEW JERSEY 08060
PHONE...609-261-6615
WFOPHI.WEBMASTER

$$

KRUZDLO



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