Valley “abnormally dry” for time of year
UNDATED – With very little rain in the month of September, the U.S. Drought Monitor has deemed the Central Susquehanna Valley abnormally dry.
Though it is not technically considered a drought yet, AccuWeather meteorologist Dan DePodwin says we have seen less precipitation than normal. “There has only been about 1.5” of rain in September, which is 30-40% of normal. August was dry as well, with half of the normal precipitation. We had a wet beginning of the summer, but have really tapered off since then.”
The U.S. Drought Monitor has also delineated our dry spell as short-term. “It is rare that these weather patterns last for a prolonged period of time unless we slip into a bad drought. We do not see signs of that unfolding. It looks like we will be dry for the rest of this work week, but there is a round of precipitation from the Midwest that could drop an inch or so of rain at the end of the weekend.”
DePodwin says with a month or two to go in the tropical season, there is still a chance that we could see some tropical moisture, which could bring us more rain. (Sara Bartlett)