It appears that Somerset County may have a wetter than normal summer.
Paul Pastelok, head of the AccuWeather long-range forecasting team, has forecast above-normal rainfall for much of the Northeast this summer. The rain may be enough to put a dent in or reverse the drought currently being experienced by areas from Boston to New York City and Philadelphia. Philadelphia has only received 48 percent of normal rainfall since March.
On Thursday the U.S. Drought Monitor kept all of New Jersey and much of eastern Pennsylvania in a state of "moderate drought."
The La Nina pattern, or cooler-than-normal water temperatures over the central and eastern equatorial Pacific, that has been in place for the past two years has ended. While heat is centered over the northern and central portions of the Rockies and storms will hit the Great Lakes to the mid-Atlantic, it appears that there won't be a heat of long-duration in the eastern Ohio Valley and the Northeast this summer.
"Temperatures will turn out near normal for the I-95 corridor from Boston to New York City and Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.," Pastelok said.
Somerset County has received about three-quarters of an inch of rain this week, Richard Lohr, director of emergency management, said.
"Every little bit helps," he said. "The forecast we have for the next couple of weeks is warm and wet."
Forecasts from the National Weather Service depict an active northern storm track for the next five days, with rainfall amounts expected to exceed 3 inches across portions of the Upper Mississippi River Valley.