National Drought Mitigation Center

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Berks County, Philadelphia, brush fire
3/5/2017 12:05:53 AM

Berks County, PA

Start Date: 2/5/2017 - End Date: 2/5/2017
Only 0.03 inch of precipitation fell last seven days when about 0.8 would be normal. The precipitation deficiency between February 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017 has ballooned to 12.5 inches on top of several more inches the previous 12 months which would be extreme (beyond severe) for long-term drought. Townships several miles east and northeast of here continue in extreme to exceptional drought. Meanwhile, townships a similar distance to the northwest have been only mildly dry. This huge difference within the same county does not show on the Drought Monitor which has us (Berks County) as mildly to moderately dry. Even topsoil moisture has become quite dry at a time of year when it is normally muddy when not snow-covered due to very low evapo-transpiration. A brush fire, rare for mid-winter, occurred nearby this early February. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Reading 3.5 SW on 2/5/2017