Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
306 PM EDT Wed Aug 30 2017

...DROUGHT WATCHES AND WARNINGS NO LONGER EXIST ACROSS OUR
HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA (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.

In New Jersey, the drought warning for both Hunterdon and Somerset
counties has been cancelled.

In Maryland, the drought watch for Cecil county has been cancelled.

Soil Moisture Conditions (Ending 8/26):
Soil moisture, as measured by the Palmer Drought Severity Index,
ranged from -0.20 to +0.14 in Maryland, +0.49 to +1.78 in
Pennsylvania, +0.74 to +1.17 in Delaware, and +0.63 to +0.97 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 8/29):
Regional groundwater levels varied widely and were running much
below normal to much above normal.

River and Streamflow Conditions (Ending 8/29):
Regional streamflow conditions varied and were running normal to
much above normal.

Delaware River Salt Line (Ending 8/28):
The salt line in the Delaware River Estuary was estimated at river
mile marker 70. The normal location for this time of year is river
mile marker 74.

Reservoirs/Water Supply (Ending 8/29):
Most reservoir pools were below normal to normal.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

During the last 30 days (Ending 8/29), mean areal precipitation
totals were mainly between 4.0 and 8.0 inches across the entire HSA.
Departures varied between normal and much above normal.

During the last 60 days (Ending 8/29), mean areal precipitation
totals were mainly between 8.0 and 15.0 inches across the entire
HSA. Departures varied between normal and much above normal.

The following precipitation statistics (Ending 8/29) 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    7.2   20.7   8.2   32.6   8.9   49.8   3.9    8
Bucks           PA    4.7   14.5   1.2   27.4   2.2   43.9  -4.2   -8
Carbon          PA    4.5   16.1   2.5   29.8   3.7   47.3  -3.4   -6
Chester         PA    4.6   14.6   2.2   27.5   3.3   44.7  -2.4   -4
Delaware        PA    4.6   14.9   2.6   28.6   4.8   45.3  -0.4    0
Lehigh          PA    7.8   20.9   8.0   32.9   8.6   50.7   3.8    8
Monroe          PA    4.4   14.4   0.8   27.8   1.8   44.8  -6.6  -12
Montgomery      PA    4.6   14.8   2.0   26.8   2.3   42.6  -4.2   -8
Northampton     PA    5.8   18.4   5.3   30.5   6.0   48.0   0.7    1
Philadelphia    PA    4.9   13.1   0.0   26.8   1.9   42.1  -4.7   -9

Burlington      NJ    5.9   14.0   1.3   28.4   3.7   45.5  -0.8   -1
Camden          NJ    5.7   13.6   0.8   28.0   3.2   46.0  -0.6    0
Gloucester      NJ    5.9   15.4   3.0   29.8   5.7   46.3   0.8    2
Hunterdon       NJ    4.7   14.9   1.6   29.0   3.3   44.8  -4.3   -8
Mercer          NJ    4.1   13.1  -0.3   26.9   1.2   43.7  -4.3   -8
Salem           NJ    5.2   16.1   4.2   29.9   6.8   47.7   4.0    9
Sussex          NJ    4.8   14.4   1.4   27.2   2.2   43.9  -3.8   -7
Warren          NJ    5.3   15.1   1.8   27.8   2.6   44.1  -4.2   -8

Atlantic        NJ    5.5   15.9   4.4   32.0   8.9   50.8   6.2   14
Cape May        NJ    4.5   15.2   4.1   29.8   7.2   51.0   7.4   17
Cumberland      NJ    5.7   17.0   5.4   31.8   8.8   49.2   5.8   13
Middlesex       NJ    6.9   16.8   3.8   32.2   7.4   50.2   2.8    6
Monmouth        NJ    4.2   11.1  -1.7   29.3   4.8   51.1   4.4    9
Morris          NJ    4.1   12.8  -0.8   26.2  -0.2   43.3  -7.2  -13
Ocean           NJ    5.2   11.8  -0.5   28.8   5.0   49.0   3.5    8
Somerset        NJ    5.9   15.2   2.0   29.6   4.3   46.5  -1.6   -2

Kent            DE    7.1   16.4   4.6   30.2   6.9   50.8   6.8   15
New Castle      DE    5.0   16.4   4.7   30.1   6.9   48.4   4.3   10
Sussex          DE    7.2   18.1   5.9   30.4   6.9   56.1  11.2   25

Cecil           MD    5.4   17.0   5.2   30.6   7.2   48.4   3.4    8
Caroline        MD    7.2   16.7   5.0   29.8   6.8   52.5   9.0   21
Kent            MD    6.3   15.6   4.5   28.2   5.6   45.8   2.3    5
Queen Annes     MD    7.3   15.0   3.8   28.3   5.7   46.4   3.1    7
Talbot          MD    7.8   17.4   5.6   29.3   6.0   47.5   3.5    8

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

Weak high pressure will move away tonight. A cold front will drop
down from Canada and cross our area on Thursday. Another high
pressure area will be across the region on Friday. Low pressure,
associated with the remnants of Harvey, will affect the area on Saturday
and into Sunday morning. This will be followed by more high pressure
which should remain into early next week.

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

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

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

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This will be the last product until either the U.S. Drought Monitor
depicts a D2 across our HSA or NJ, PA, DE, or MD declares a drought
watch or warning.

&&

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 WFO 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

$$

Kruzdlo



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