After Weeks Of Dry Conditions, Area Gets Some Rain

See how much rain fell in the New Hope and Lambertville area amid dry conditions.

The stream off of Creekside Road in Solebury Township.
Credit: Tom Sofield/NewHopeFreePress.com

The New Hope and Lambertville areas have been on the cusp of being in drought conditions over the past few weeks.

A series of rain storms moved over the area Monday afternoon and evening.

The National Weather Service reported how much rain the area received:

• Doylestown: 1.32 inches
• Lambertville Location One: 1.24 inches
• Lambertville Location Two: 1.24 inches
• Flemmington: 1.23 inches
• Stockton: 1 inch
• Washington Crossing: 1.03 inches

The National Weather Service’s reading of precipitation totals showed the central and upper parts of Bucks County received more rain than the New Hope area.

The U.S. Drought Monitor, which was updated last week, listed the New Hope and Lambertville areas as being “abnormally dry.” Parts of Upper Bucks County were listed as being in a moderate drought.

In the area, May was particularly dry, with the month being among the driest in decades, according to data.

“More generally over the last few weeks, especially across the western half of the Northeast, streamflows and soil moisture are very low, amid unusually hot temperatures and high evaporative demand for this time of year. As a result, drought and abnormal dryness expanded across much of the western half of the region, especially from western New Jersey through Pennsylvania and New York, as well as northern Virginia and eastern West Virginia,” according to experts from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Previously, the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority asked customers to conserve water due to the dry weather.

The Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority provided tips for customers to decrease the amount of water use:

• run the dishwasher and clothes washer only when fully loaded.
• defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or in the microwave instead of running water over it.
• when washing dishes by hand, use two basins – one for washing and one for rinsing rather than let the water run.
• reduce the amount of water an older toilet uses by placing a half gallon plastic jug in the tank.
• cover your spa or pool to reduce evaporation. An average size pool left uncovered can lose as much as 1,000 gallons (3,785 liters) of water per month.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for 12 years for both newspaper and online publications. Tom’s reporting has appeared locally, nationally, and internationally across several mediums. He is proud to report on news in the county where he lives and to have created a reliable publication that the community deserves.

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