Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Soggy, But Needed, Soaker

A nice, solid soaking of rain has moved through the region....a general one to two inches of rain has fallen through the region overnight, with the highest totals occurring just northwest of I-95. Some spots in parts of Bucks, Montgomery, Mercer, and Hunterdon Counties have picked up over two inches of rain...and some localized three inch amounts are being detected on doppler as of 7 AM.

While there have been some minor flooding issues on the usual suspect roads and streams, not to mention the impact on travel due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the rainfall that's moved into the region is arguably well-appreciated and needed by your dormant yard and by the soils in the region that have become pretty dry of late.

It didn't matter that we sloshed through the wettest summer on record at the Airport...the last three months had been quite dry for the Delaware Valley and we had been racking up some pretty decent rainfall deficits in some spots. Since September 1st, the region's rainfall was anywhere from a third to three quarters of what is considered "average" for one's location. The driest to average was generally in a belt from Trenton to Allentown to Mount Pocono on northeast -- where deficits were several inches. Less than four inches of rain had fallen in Trenton until this recent storm.

It's important to note that perspective on rainfall tallies and totals matters a lot. While Philadelphia's Airport has an eleven inch surplus on rainfall for the year, Trenton is five inches below average on rain. Reading is three inches below average. Not everyone was sporting galoshes during the entirety of summer...that localized eight inch rainfall in July does wonder's to one's location in rainfall tallies for the year!  If we look at the region as a whole, a pretty decent chunk of the Delaware Valley is running closer to average...and only because of a very wet June and (for some) July.

While the impacts of this rainfall suck, especially if you're traveling to Wegmans and have to dodge ponds of water besides crazy shoppers in the pursuit of a frozen bird, rains last night and this morning are sorta needed.