Drought Information Statement
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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
853 PM EDT Fri Sep 16 2022

...COMPARED TO TWO WEEKS AGO, THERE HAS BEEN SOME IMPROVEMENT IN
PENNSYLVANIA...

...AS DEFINED BY THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR, PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST
AND EAST CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA AS WELL AS THE MAJORITY OF DELAWARE
HAVE BEEN PLACED INTO THE D0 CATEGORY. D0 IS CONSIDERED
ABNORMALLY DRY. MOST OF NEW JERSEY HAS BEEN PLACED IN EITHER D0,
D1 OR D2. PORTIONS OF SUSSEX COUNTY, DELAWARE HAVE BEEN PLACED IN
D1 AND D2. D1 IS CONSIDERED TO BE MODERATE DROUGHT. D2 IS
CONSIDERED TO BE EXTREME DROUGHT. MUCH OF THE EASTERN SHORE OF
MARYLAND WE SERVE IS ALSO IN DO...

...THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY HAS ISSUED A STATEWIDE DROUGHT WATCH...

...THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA HAS ISSUED A DROUGHT WATCH FOR 36
COUNTIES ACROSS CENTRAL AND EASTERN PORTIONS...

SYNOPSIS...

For east-central and southeastern Pennsylvania; northwest,
central and southern New Jersey; Delaware; and the Eastern Shore
of Maryland...

DROUGHT MITIGATION ACTIONS...

The National Weather Service does not declare Drought Watches or
Warnings.

State and Local Actions:

In New Jersey, a drought watch has been declared for all 21
counties.

In Pennsylvania, a drought watch has been declared for much of
the central and eastern portions of the state. All of the
counties we serve, except for Chester county, have been placed in
the watch.

Both states are asking for water conservation.

No other known state declarations have been put in place.

More details regarding local drought conditions and water
conservation tips can be found at the following websites.

NJ DEP: njdrought.org

PA DEP:
www.dep.pa.gov/business/water/planningconservation/drought/

MD MDE: mde.maryland.gov/programs/water/DroughtInformation

DE DNREC: dgs.udel.edu/water-conditions-summary-delaware

HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS...

Soil Moisture Conditions (Ending 9/10):

Soil moisture, as measured by the Palmer Drought Severity Index,
ranged from -4.13 to -2.87 in Maryland, -1.69 to -1.21 in
Pennsylvania, -5.06 to -2.43 in Delaware, and -4.48 to -3.65 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 9/15):

Regional groundwater levels varied and were running much below
normal to above normal. Southern New Jersey and Central and
Southern Delaware were experiencing the most widespread below
normal conditions.

River and Streamflow Conditions (Ending 9/15):

Regional streamflow conditions varied and were running much below
normal to about normal. Southern New Jersey and southern Delaware
were experiencing the most widespread below normal conditions.

Delaware River Salt Front (Ending 9/12):

The salt front in the Delaware River Estuary was estimated at
river mile marker 78.4. The normal location for this time of year
is river mile marker 76.

Reservoirs/Water Supply (Ending 9/15):

Most reservoir pools were below normal to normal.

TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL SUMMARY...

For the first two weeks of September, temperatures averaged 0.5
to about 3.0 degrees above normal across the Hydrologic Service
Area (HSA).


During the last 30 days (Ending 9/15), mean areal precipitation
totals varied and were mainly between 2.0 and 6.0 inches across
the entire HSA. Departures varied between well below normal to
above normal.

During the last 60 days (Ending 9/15), mean areal precipitation
totals varied and were mainly between 3.5 and 9.0 inches across
the entire HSA. Departures varied between well below normal and
normal.

Like the 30 and 60 day totals, the following 90, 180, and 365 day
precipitation statistics (Ending 9/15) 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    3.4   11.30 -1.10  26.00  1.80  41.10 -4.80    -9
Bucks            PA    3.4    9.40 -3.70  26.40  1.00  42.60 -5.50   -10
Carbon           PA    3.5   10.30 -3.00  27.20  0.70  45.20 -5.40   -10
Chester          PA    4.2   14.00  1.40  30.10  5.60  48.10  1.00     2
Delaware         PA    3.1    9.70 -2.70  24.70  0.70  40.90 -4.80    -9
Lehigh           PA    3.3   10.50 -2.20  27.20  2.40  43.20 -3.70    -7
Monroe           PA    4.2   11.20 -2.20  28.40  1.90  49.30 -2.10    -4
Montgomery       PA    4.0    9.70 -3.10  24.90  0.10  40.40 -6.40   -14
Northampton      PA    3.6    9.90 -3.00  27.30  2.30  45.00 -2.30    -5
Philadelphia     PA    2.6    7.30 -5.70  22.30 -2.60  36.60 -10.20  -21
Burlington       NJ    1.6    7.60 -5.00  20.80 -3.60  35.80 -10.50  -23
Camden           NJ    1.8    8.30 -4.40  21.30 -3.30  35.30 -11.30  -24
Gloucester       NJ    2.2    9.70 -2.70  22.00 -2.00  36.20 -9.30   -19
Hunterdon        NJ    3.3    9.10 -4.10  25.00 -0.90  43.10 -6.00   -12
Mercer           NJ    2.3    7.00 -6.30  23.10 -2.60  39.60 -8.40   -18
Salem            NJ    3.1    9.90 -1.90  23.20  0.10  37.70 -6.00   -14
Sussex           NJ    3.5    8.60 -4.20  23.90 -1.40  44.30 -3.40    -6
Warren           NJ    3.4    8.60 -4.60  26.10  0.50  46.80 -1.50    -3
Atlantic         NJ    3.0    7.40 -4.10  18.60 -4.10  33.00 -11.60  -26
Cape May         NJ    3.4    7.40 -3.90  16.50 -5.60  28.20 -15.40  -35
Cumberland       NJ    3.1    8.60 -3.00  19.60 -3.10  32.40 -11.00  -25
Middlesex        NJ    2.4    6.20 -6.80  20.60 -4.30  39.20 -8.20   -17
Monmouth         NJ    1.3    5.50 -7.10  19.10 -5.10  36.60 -10.10  -21
Morris           NJ    3.3    8.00 -5.40  24.50 -2.00  44.50 -6.00   -12
Ocean            NJ    1.6    8.60 -3.60  21.80 -1.70  36.80 -8.70   -18
Somerset         NJ    2.7    7.70 -5.40  23.50 -1.90  41.70 -6.40   -13
Kent             DE    3.0   12.20  0.40  25.50  2.30  39.40 -4.60    -9
New Castle       DE    2.9   10.80 -1.00  25.60  2.40  42.20 -1.90    -4
Sussex           DE    2.5   10.10 -2.00  21.10 -2.10  36.20 -8.70   -18
Cecil            MD    3.4   13.70  1.80  28.80  5.40  45.90  0.90     2
Caroline         MD    2.5   12.60  1.00  25.30  2.50  40.80 -2.70    -6
Kent             MD    2.6   11.80  0.50  24.70  2.10  40.00 -3.50    -7
Queen Annes      MD    2.3   11.40  0.20  24.90  2.40  41.30 -2.00    -5
Talbot           MD    1.8   12.30  0.60  26.70  3.60  42.50 -1.50    -3


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

High pressure north and west of the region will slide offshore
by Sunday. Several weak disturbances pass north of the region
Sunday through Sunday night, but a stronger disturbance will dip
into the area late Monday and Monday night. High pressure
returns for most of the new week until a cold front passes
through on Thursday. The 8 to 14 day outlook calls for near normal
temperatures and near normal precipitation.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

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

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated by September 30th.

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...

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

US Drought Monitor: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu
National Integrated 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/
USGS: waterwatch.usgs.gov
USACE: 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...609-261-6600
wfophi.webmaster@noaa.gov

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