Drought Monitor Update November 19, 2020

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The last few rain events, with precipitation exceeding 2 inches, have helped to improve drought conditions. There are more chances of rain, so the drought is forecast to improve.

This week 4.2% of Pennsylvania is under a severe drought, which is less than last week.

This week 21.5% of Pennsylvania is under a moderate drought which is also less than last week. Last week 40.01% was experiencing moderate drought conditions. This means there was not much change with the drought this week.

Blair, Centre, Jefferson, Elk, Cambria, Clearfield, Cameron, Huntingdon and parts of Bedford counties are abnormally dry.

The drought monitor data is put in on Tuesday’s and then the updated map comes out every Thursday during the 8 AM hour.

In a severe drought, warnings can be issued for outdoor burns, air quality can be poor. Also water quality can go down, and water restrictions can be implemented.

In a moderate drought, the wildfire potential increases, honey production declines, and there is a stress on plants and fish. It is also requested that residents voluntarily start to conserve water.

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