The latest drought monitor indicates the majority of Pennsylvania as abnormally dry to even in severe drought conditions. Parts of the state have seen a third of their average rainfall over the past three months. While a few inches of rain will only make a dent in the drought, it will definitely be beneficial. Below is a graphic showing (% of normal) rainfall over the past three months.
The only area that has seen average rainfall over the past three months has been the southern tier counties. The rest of Pennsylvania has seen far below normal rainfall. However, two separate rainfall events are in Mother Nature’s plans.
The first event comes Friday as a low pressure slides just south of the state, delivering a slug of rain to Southern and Central PA. Northern Pennsylvania will still see rainfall from this event but lower amounts. The next event comes Sunday as a large area of rain with embedded thunderstorms travels through the region. Once again, Southern Pennsylvania will see the highest amounts.
Below is a 5 Day Rainfall graphic indicating total rainfall amounts over the next 120 hours around the state.
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