Cool March could help lift Lancaster County out of drought watch

A cooler than average March could help lift the drought watch status that Lancaster County has been under since November, according to meteorologists.
“(March) was the coolest month of the winter or cold season.
The February pattern consisted of air passes from the Pacific which weren’t as cold, Walker said.
The stormy pattern led to more cloudy days and cooler temperatures, Walker said.
“That helped bring up the ground water,” Horst said.
“Those three events could bring us as much as a month’s worth of rain in eight days,” Horst said.
Those days of rain could fall just in time to lift Lancaster County out of its drought watch status.
The state Department of Environmental Protection’s Drought Watch Committee has its next meeting April 6 to review drought status statewide.
Looking at the month of April, Walker predicts the temperatures will average close to normal.
By the end of the month, the normal high is 68, he said.

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