Due to the pandemic, many of us decided to take weekend trips or small vacations across Pennsylvania over the summer of 2020. Even if you traveled locally, you may have noticed a difference in the farm fields or the local streams. While the western half of the Midstate was dealing with a developing drought, the eastern third of Pennsylvania was receiving a weekly dose of thunderstorms and downpours. Check out the image showing the extreme rainfall differences. During the month of August parts of Lebanon, Lancaster and York counties received between 200-400 percent of their average August rainfall while Perry, Juniata and Miin counties received between 30 and 50 percent of their August rain.
A moderate drought developed across much of central PA toward the end of summer and continued to expand as we moved into fall. A severe drought developed just north of us across much of Centre and Lycoming counties.
2021 ABC27 Weather Almanac
- Most extreme temperatures in the history of Pennsylvania
- What is the Polar Vortex and how does it affect Central Pa.?
- La Nina brings the possibility of lower temps and above-average precipitation to the Midstate in Feb.
- How the ABC27 Weather Team adjusted in the era of COVID-19 to deliver your Most Accurate Weather Forecast
- June and July are the most active months for severe weather in the Midstate
- What is precipitable water?
- How tropical storms get their names
- July 2020 was the hottest summer on record for Central Pa.
- Feast or famine in the Midstate
- Despite a record tropical season, summer drought worsened for much of Pa.
- Hyperactive tropics of 2020
- Understanding the Jetstream and how it affects bigger storm systems