Holy Cow! Philly in Drought Emergency Again!
As of Friday, Sept. 5, our Governor added Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Dauphin, & Perry Counties back into the severest level of Drought status - "Drought Emergency". We had been in that status from February until ~June when it was amended to take us to the middle "Drought Warning" level after a somewhat rainy May. But the latest rainfalls weren't as great as they were expected to be (much of it benefitting south of us in Maryland). We are still about 12" off from our yearly normal and there has been an accumulated deficit over several years. Thus the bump back to the Emergency again. Interestingly one "Hurricaine Floyd"-equivalent this fall could erase this year's deficit, but not the overall.
Sad that much of the news media around here didn't bother to mention it over the weekend.
Looks like we're back in the Red Zone again. :-(
For myself, knowing that it has been dry (not counting some of the rains we got over the past couple weeks which apparently only amounted to maybe 1.5" "officially"), I have continued to collect AC drip water to irrigate with and in a way, it was much easier to do that then pull out the hose or manually fill watering cans.
Anyone in the immediate 5-county area wanna pipe in regarding what you have been doing? Especially those in the counties that fell out and were put back in this highest status?