Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
415 PM EDT THU AUG 4 2016

...AS DEFINED BY THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR ON AUGUST 2ND, THE
COUNTIES NORTH OF ABOUT INTERSTATE 78 ACROSS OUR HYDROLOGIC SERVICE
AREA HAVE BEEN DEFINED AS D0 (ABNORMALLY DRY) OR D1 (MODERATE
DROUGHT)...

...THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY HAS ISSUED A DROUGHT WATCH FOR 12
COUNTIES ACROSS THE NORTHERN PART OF THE STATE...

...THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA HAS ISSUED A DROUGHT WATCH FOR FOUR
COUNTIES WITHIN OUR HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA...

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 WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR 12 NORTHERN NEW JERSEY COUNTIES.
FIVE OF THE COUNTIES ARE LOCATED IN THE NEW YORK CITY/UPTON SERVICE
AREA. SEVEN ARE LOCATED IN THE MOUNT HOLLY SERVICE AREA INCLUDING
HUNTERDON, MERCER, MIDDLESEX, MORRIS, SOMERSET, SUSSEX, AND WARREN.

FROM THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION...THE
PERSISTENT DRY, HOT WEATHER PATTERN THAT HAS BEEN DEGRADING WATER
SUPPLY INDICATORS OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS, HAS PROMPTED THE
ISSUANCE OF A DROUGHT WATCH ON JULY 25, 2016, FOR THE STATE`S THREE
NORTHERNMOST REGIONS - NORTHEAST, NORTHWEST, AND CENTRAL.

THE DROUGHT WATCH ANNOUNCEMENT CALLS FOR VOLUNTARY EFFORTS BY THE
PUBLIC TO CONSERVE WATER, ESPECIALLY OUTDOORS FOR ACTIVITIES SUCH AS
LAWN AND LANDSCAPE WATERING AND OTHER WATER-DEPENDENT ACTIVITIES IN
AND AROUND THE HOME.

IN ORDER TO STRETCH EXISTING SUPPLIES, ALL CITIZENS ARE ASKED TO USE
WATER WISELY AND AVOID UNNECESSARY WATER WASTE. HELPFUL CONSERVATION
TIPS ARE AVAILABLE AT HTTP://NJDROUGHT.ORG/IDEAS.HTML
/USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/. TIPS ARE ALSO LISTED BELOW.

IN PENNSYLVANIA...A DROUGHT WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR FOUR COUNTIES
WITHIN OUR HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA. THE WATCH INCLUDES BERKS,
CARBON, LEHIGH, AND NORTHAMPTON.

FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
(PADEP)...THE DECLARATIONS ARE IN RESPONSE TO LOW STREAM FLOWS,
DECLINING GROUNDWATER LEVELS AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

THE DROUGHT WATCH CALLS FOR A VOLUNTARY 5 PERCENT REDUCTION IN NON-
ESSENTIAL WATER USE.

PADEP 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 7/30).
SOIL MOISTURE, AS MEASURED BY THE PALMER DROUGHT SEVERITY INDEX,
RANGED FROM -0.92 TO +0.67 IN MARYLAND, -0.83 TO -0.72 IN
PENNSYLVANIA, -0.76 TO +1.53 IN DELAWARE, AND -1.27 TO +0.46 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 8/4).
REGIONAL GROUND WATER LEVELS VARIED WIDELY AND WERE RUNNING MUCH
BELOW NORMAL TO MUCH ABOVE NORMAL.

RIVER AND STREAMFLOW CONDITIONS (ENDING 8/4).
REGIONAL STREAMFLOW CONDITIONS VARIED WIDELY AND WERE RUNNING BELOW
NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL. THESE VARIATIONS WERE DEPENDENT ON THE WHERE
RECENT RAINS FELL.

DELAWARE RIVER SALT LINE (ENDING 8/4).
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 70.

RESERVOIRS/WATER SUPPLY. (ENDING 8/4)
MOST RESERVOIR POOLS WERE AROUND NORMAL.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

DURING THE LAST 30 DAYS (ENDING 8/3), MEAN AREAL PRECIPITATION
TOTALS WERE MAINLY BETWEEN 4.0 AND 8.0 INCHES ACROSS THE ENTIRE
HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA. DEPARTURES RANGED BETWEEN NORMAL AND ABOVE
NORMAL.

DURING THE LAST 60 DAYS (ENDING 8/3), MEAN AREAL PRECIPITATION
TOTALS WERE MAINLY BETWEEN 7.0 AND 12.0 INCHES ACROSS THE ENTIRE
HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA. OUR NORTHWESTERN ZONES HAVE RECEIVED THE
LEAST AMOUNT OF RAIN WHILE OUR SOUTHERN ZONES HAVE RECEIVED THE
MOST. DEPARTURES WERE RANGING BETWEEN BELOW NORMAL AND ABOVE NORMAL.

THE FOLLOWING PRECIPITATION STATISTICS (ENDING 8/4) 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    0.6   10.8  -2.1   20.0  -3.1   42.0  -3.9   -7
BUCKS           PA    0.0   12.3  -1.1   21.4  -2.9   43.4  -4.7   -9
CARBON          PA    0.4   13.3  -0.6   23.4  -1.8   47.0  -3.7   -6
CHESTER         PA    0.1   11.8  -0.9   21.9  -1.7   44.2  -2.9   -5
DELAWARE        PA    0.0   12.0  -0.4   21.6  -1.5   44.1  -1.6   -3
LEHIGH          PA    0.1   12.7  -0.5   22.5  -1.0   45.9  -1.0   -1
MONROE          PA    0.2   11.5  -2.2   21.4  -3.8   45.5  -5.9  -11
MONTGOMERY      PA    0.0   10.7  -2.3   20.3  -3.2   42.4  -4.4   -8
NORTHAMPTON     PA    0.0   11.0  -2.1   19.5  -4.0   41.5  -5.8  -11
PHILADELPHIA    PA    0.0   12.8  -0.2   22.2  -1.7   44.1  -2.7   -5

BURLINGTON      NJ    0.1   12.4   0.1   23.0  -0.6   43.9  -2.4   -4
CAMDEN          NJ    0.1   13.3   0.7   23.6  -0.2   43.7  -2.9   -5
GLOUCESTER      NJ    0.1   12.3   0.0   22.3  -0.8   43.0  -2.5   -4
HUNTERDON       NJ    0.0   14.1   0.4   22.9  -2.0   44.2  -4.9   -9
MERCER          NJ    0.0   14.3   0.7   23.3  -1.4   45.0  -3.0   -5
SALEM           NJ    0.2   14.3   2.4   23.6   1.2   44.2   0.5    1
SUSSEX          NJ    0.0   10.7  -2.2   19.4  -4.5   40.6  -7.1  -14
WARREN          NJ    0.0   11.1  -2.3   19.3  -4.8   40.1  -8.2  -16

ATLANTIC        NJ    0.1   13.2   2.3   24.7   2.5   46.8   2.2    5
CAPE MAY        NJ    0.1   13.2   2.7   25.2   3.6   48.5   4.9   11
CUMBERLAND      NJ    0.2   14.0   2.6   24.9   3.0   46.4   3.0    7
MIDDLESEX       NJ    0.0   12.9  -0.1   22.3  -1.7   42.2  -5.2  -10
MONMOUTH        NJ    0.0   11.9  -0.4   21.5  -2.0   42.3  -4.4   -8
MORRIS          NJ    0.0   11.7  -2.1   21.2  -4.2   43.1  -7.4  -14
OCEAN           NJ    0.3   13.2   1.5   23.6   0.8   45.2  -0.3    0
SOMERSET        NJ    0.0   12.7  -0.7   21.7  -2.7   42.5  -5.6  -11

KENT            DE    0.9   15.7   4.0   27.5   5.1   49.7   5.7   13
NEW CASTLE      DE    0.1   16.9   4.9   26.6   3.9   48.4   4.3   10
SUSSEX          DE    1.0   14.2   2.7   25.5   3.2   49.9   5.0   11

CECIL           MD    0.2   14.9   2.7   25.1   2.3   48.2   3.2    7
CAROLINE        MD    0.4   13.1   1.4   25.1   2.9   46.6   3.1    7
KENT            MD    0.2   17.4   5.6   27.3   5.1   50.5   7.0   16
QUEEN ANNES     MD    0.2   18.2   6.5   28.4   6.2   51.4   8.1   19
TALBOT          MD    0.5   13.3   1.3   24.8   2.2   45.1   1.1    3

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

HIGH PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO NOSE DOWN FROM THE WATERS OFF
EASTERN CANADA AND NEW ENGLAND, INFLUENCING OUR WEATHER THROUGH
FRIDAY. THE HIGH SHIFTS EAST AS A COLD FRONT APPROACHES FROM THE
WEST. THE COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE REGION ON SATURDAY. HIGH
PRESSURE WILL RETURN BEHIND THE FRONT AND PERSIST THROUGH MIDWEEK.

THE 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK CALLS FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND NEAR
NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY...

SOIL MOISTURE...NORMAL
GROUND WATER...MUCH BELOW NORMAL TO MUCH ABOVE NORMAL
STREAMFLOW...BELOW NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL
DELAWARE RIVER SALT LINE...FURTHER UPSTREAM COMPARED TO NORMAL
RESERVOIRS/WATER SUPPLY...AROUND NORMAL

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED TOWARD THE END
OF THE MONTH.

&&

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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