Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
152 PM EDT Fri Apr 28 2017

...AS OF APRIL 28TH, PORTIONS OF CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA AND
CECIL COUNTY, MARYLAND WERE DEFINED AS D0 (ABNORMALLY DRY) BY THE
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...

...THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY HAS LIFTED ALL DROUGHT WATCHES AND
WARNINGS ACROSS THE STATE EXCEPT FOR HUNTERDON AND SOMERSET
COUNTIES. HUNTERDON AND SOMERSET COUNTIES REMAIN UNDER A DROUGHT
WARNING...

...THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA HAS LIFTED THE DROUGHT WATCH FOR
CARBON AND MONROE COUNTIES. ALL OTHER PENNSYLVANIA COUNTIES WITHIN
OUR HSA REMAIN UNDER A WATCH...

...THE STATE OF MARYLAND HAS ISSUED A DROUGHT WARNING FOR CECIL
COUNTY...

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.

New Jersey has lifted all drought watches and warnings across the
state except for Hunterdon and Somerset counties. A drought
warning remains in place for both Hunterdon and Somerset.

Helpful conservation tips from the state of New Jersey are
available at http://njdrought.org/ideas.html

In Pennsylvania, a drought watch remains in effect for the
following counties...Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh,
Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia. The drought watch has
been lifted for both Carbon and Monroe.

The state of Pennsylvania encourages you to view their website
for conservation recommendations. These recommendations can be
found at http://dep.pa.gov/drought

In Maryland, a drought warning has been issued for Cecil county.

Helpful conservation tips from the state of Maryland are
available at http:mde.maryland.gov/programs/water/DroughtInformation

Soil Moisture Conditions (Ending 4/22):
Soil moisture, as measured by the Palmer Drought Severity Index,
ranged from -2.24 to -1.67 in Maryland, -0.81 to +1.06 in
Pennsylvania, -2.10 to -0.62 in Delaware, and -1.02 to -0.14 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 4/27):
Regional groundwater levels varied widely and were running much
below normal to above normal.

River and Streamflow Conditions (Ending 4/27):
Regional streamflow conditions varied widely and were running
below normal to above normal.

Delaware River Salt Line (Ending 4/26):
The salt line in the Delaware River Estuary was estimated at river
mile marker 64. The normal location for this time of year is river
mile marker 67.

Reservoirs/Water Supply (Ending 4/27):
Most reservoir pools were below normal to normal.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

During the last 30 days (Ending 4/27), mean areal precipitation
totals were mainly between 4.0 and 5.5 inches across the entire HSA.
Departures varied between normal and above normal.

During the last 60 days (Ending 4/27), mean areal precipitation
totals were mainly between 6.0 and 9.0 inches across the entire HSA.
Departures varied between normal and above normal.

The following precipitation statistics (Ending 4/12) 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    2.6    9.1  -1.0   18.1  -2.5   39.5  -6.4  -13
Bucks           PA    2.4    8.8  -2.0   19.0  -2.9   39.4  -8.7  -17
Carbon          PA    3.2   10.7  -0.5   19.2  -3.6   44.2  -6.5  -12
Chester         PA    2.9    9.5  -1.4   18.8  -2.9   40.6  -6.5  -13
Delaware        PA    3.0    9.4  -1.3   18.4  -2.8   39.6  -6.1  -12
Lehigh          PA    2.6    9.4  -0.9   18.2  -2.8   41.4  -5.5  -11
Monroe          PA    3.7   11.4  -0.1   20.3  -3.1   42.4  -9.0  -17
Montgomery      PA    2.1    8.1  -2.5   17.6  -3.6   36.8 -10.0  -20
Northampton     PA    3.1   10.6   0.3   19.8  -1.2   40.1  -7.2  -14
Philadelphia    PA    3.0    9.1  -1.9   17.9  -3.7   38.9  -7.9  -16

Burlington      NJ    2.9    8.9  -2.3   18.0  -3.9   40.0  -6.3  -13
Camden          NJ    2.9    9.3  -1.9   18.0  -3.9   42.0  -4.6   -9
Gloucester      NJ    3.0    8.9  -1.9   17.0  -4.3   39.0  -6.5  -13
Hunterdon       NJ    2.8    9.9  -1.2   20.1  -2.3   41.8  -7.3  -14
Mercer          NJ    2.7    9.1  -2.0   19.5  -2.5   41.6  -6.4  -12
Salem           NJ    2.8    8.7  -1.8   16.5  -3.8   42.2  -1.5   -2
Sussex          NJ    3.3   11.4   0.5   21.3  -0.3   40.3  -7.4  -15
Warren          NJ    3.1   10.7   0.0   20.0  -1.5   39.7  -8.6  -17

Atlantic        NJ    3.0    9.7  -1.6   18.3  -3.7   43.5  -1.1   -1
Cape May        NJ    2.7    8.6  -2.6   16.1  -5.3   45.7   2.1    5
Cumberland      NJ    2.8    8.7  -1.9   15.9  -4.7   42.0  -1.4   -2
Middlesex       NJ    3.2   10.0  -1.0   21.2  -0.7   41.8  -5.6  -11
Monmouth        NJ    3.5   11.5   0.2   23.6   1.3   46.2  -0.5    0
Morris          NJ    3.4   11.0  -0.5   21.8  -1.4   41.0  -9.5  -18
Ocean           NJ    3.2   10.7  -0.6   21.0  -1.2   45.3  -0.2    0
Somerset        NJ    2.9    9.7  -1.2   21.2  -0.8   41.2  -6.9  -13

Kent            DE    3.1    8.7  -2.1   15.9  -4.9   48.7   4.7   11
New Castle      DE    2.9    9.4  -1.3   17.3  -3.3   46.3   2.2    5
Sussex          DE    2.6    8.0  -3.0   15.1  -6.3   51.1   6.2   14

Cecil           MD    3.2    9.6  -1.1   17.6  -3.4   44.2  -0.8   -1
Caroline        MD    2.4    7.9  -2.7   14.8  -5.7   48.3   4.8   11
Kent            MD    2.3    7.7  -2.8   14.8  -5.5   46.4   2.9    7
Queen Annes     MD    2.3    7.9  -2.6   14.6  -5.8   48.8   5.5   13
Talbot          MD    1.8    6.8  -3.9   13.0  -7.7   43.6  -0.4    0

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

A cold front will move across the area Saturday into Saturday night.
This front will remain near the Delmarva and southern New Jersey on
Sunday, then return as a warm front on Sunday night. Another cold
front is expected on Monday night as an area of low pressure moves
into the Great Lakes region. This low will drift northeast through
southeast Canada through Thursday, with a couple of weak surface
troughs moving across the area Tuesday and Wednesday. An area of low
pressure may affect the Mid Atlantic region late next week.

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

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

Soil Moisture...Below normal to normal
Groundwater...Much below normal to above normal
Streamflow...Below normal to above normal
Delaware River Salt Line...Further downstream compared to normal
Reservoirs/Water Supply...Below normal to normal
30 Day Rainfall...Normal to above normal
60 Day Rainfall...Normal to above normal

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated by May 12th.

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...

Additional information on current drought conditions may be found
at the following web addresses:

US Drought Monitor:
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

US Drought Information System:
http://www.drought.gov

NOAA Drought Page:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Drought
NWS Climate Prediction Center (CPC): www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov
NWS WFP Mount Holly: www.weather.gov/phi
NWS MARFC: www.weather.gov/marfc
NWS AHPS: www.weather.gov/ahps/
NIDIS Drought Page: www.drought.gov
USGS: waterwatch.usgs.gov
USACE: www.usace.army.mil
NJ DEP: njdrought.org
PA DEP:
www.dep.pa.gov/business/water/planningconservation/drought/ MD
DEP:
mde.maryland.gov/programs/water/DroughtInformation
DE DNREC: dgs.udel.edu/projects/drought-conditions-indicators-
delaware

ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...

National Weather Service:
http://water.weather.gov

US Geological Survey:
http://water.usgs.gov

US Army Corps of Engineers:
http://www.usace.army.mil

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

The Drought Monitor is a multi-agency effort involving the
National Weather Service and National Centers for Environmental
Information, 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 questions or comments about this Drought Information
Statement, please contact:

National Weather Service
732 Woodlane Rd
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Phone...609-261-6615
wfophi.webmaster@noaa.gov

$$

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