A narrow swath in the middle of the state had a few counties listed as just abnormally dry, but most of western and southeastern Pennsylvania were still in a moderate drought.
However, river and creek levels showed improvement. According to the United States Geological Survey’s gauges the Allegheny River at Franklin, Oil Creek at Rouseville and French Creek at Utica were at normal levels. The Allegheny River at West Hickory was listed at below normal levels for this time of year.
Precipitation-wise Franklin was slowly seeping up to normal levels according to climate data provided by the National Weather Service.
The total accumulation from January until June 29, was listed at 21.06 inches with the normal range being 22.14 inches.
This June’s monthly total, excluding June 30, was listed as 3.87 inches which was shy of the normal total of 4.70 inches for June.
The forecast for the area over the next several days includes the possibility of showers and storms.
Perhaps July’s pending rainfall will be able to help the region leave the moderate drought designation behind.
That’s just the nature of things ‘round here.