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Pennsylvania Edges Back from Drought

Monday, December 12, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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HARRISBURG -  After a relatively dry fall, recent rains have moved Pennsylvania back from the edge of drought, although several counties are still under “drought warning.”

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, four counties in eastern Pennsylvania: Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon and Monroe remain under drought warning, while the rest of the state is considered under the milder drought watch or normal conditions. Under a drought warning, the public is encouraged to voluntarily conserve water use.

Western Pennsylvania and the northern tier are considered normal in terms of their overall risk for a drought. The central and southeastern parts of the state remain under a drought watch, the next level of concern in Pennsylvania’s four-tier drought classification system. Those four levels, in increasing level of concern, are: normal, drought watch, drought warning and drought emergency.

The map below shows the drought conditions as of December 12, 2016 in Pennsylvania:

 Drought Map

In a drought emergency, water use restrictions come into play that would affect Pennsylvania’s green industry. Fortunately, no parts of Pennsylvania are currently in that condition. For future reference, you may download a copy of those restrictions by clicking here.

We are hoping for sufficient precipitation this winter to keep Pennsylvania in the normal range and out of drought emergency status. 

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