Updated Ohio Drought Monitor for 8/13/2020

Posted Thursday, August 13, 2020

This week’s Drought Monitor shows some improvement across Ohio with some improvement in those parts of the sate that experience moderate drought conditions – mainly in the western part of the state.

Here in Tuscarawas County, however, nothing much has changed since last week. Our area remains Abnormally Dry this week despite recent rainfall.

Figures for the month of August in our area show an uptick in precipitation of nearly 0.10″ at this point. Currently, we stand at 1.28-inches of rainfall for the month at New Philadelphia.

However, that small surplus this month doesn’t do much to improve our standing for the summer. We received little rain during June (-0.54″) and July (-2.57″) and that put our area in a big deficit for the season. That’s nearly 3-inches short of the average rainfall in the area for the summer.

Additional rain is in the forecast for the weekend locally. However, the long-range climate outlook for the regions indicates that generally dryer than normal conditions will persist through the second half of the month.

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