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Current Drought Information for PA
Do we have a precipitation defecit? See Maps by clicking here. Western and North-Central Pennsylvania have had their Drought Watch lifted as of January 26th.

Drought declarations/cancellations are made at the State level (the Governor/DEP Secretary) through guidance provided by the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) using data, analyses, and forecasts from the National Weather Service (NWS), and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It should also be noted that local municipalities and water authorities can ask for voluntary water conservation by their customers, and even impose mandatory restrictions, outside of Drought Declarations.
Useful link: Pennsylvania Department of Enviromental Protection (DEP) Drought page

Read the latest Drought Statement from NWS State College.

Drought Map as of January 26, 2009
Current PA Drought Declaration Map

Do we have a precipitation defecit? See Maps by clicking here.

How much precipitation have we been getting the last few days/weeks/months?
Is it (or How much is it) below normal?

Days: Daily Precipitation Maps - our local precip archive page.
Monthly/seasonal: Precipitation Maps.
(Maps produced by MARFC)

What are streamflows like right now?
USGS, Daily Streamflow Map.

What are well levels like right now?
USGS, PA GroundWater Well Levels.

Parched Earth image, see current reservoir and well (groundwater) levels

How much precipitation have we been getting the last few years?
See the following plot of Statewide Precipitation trend since 1977:
Statewide Precipitation Averages and Trend for PA 1977-2007

Check out the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) homepage.
Drought Monitor homepage.

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