Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Desert places

Rain continues to snub parts of the region.

Desert places

Yet again today, strong showers are popping up on radar, and yet again they are missing the immediate Philadelphia area by a wide margin.

We noticed that the Shore points of Cape May County, the one anomaly in the region in that July precipitation has been above normal, stood to get creamed.

The rain gauge at Philadelphia International Airport, however, once again was an excellent place to be if you didn't want to get wet.

So far this month, rainfall at the official measuring station is a mere 0.98 inches, or about 30 percent of normal. That's dry even by citywide standards.

Based on readings from other rain gauges around town, Philadelphia's citywide total for July is 2.2 inches, or about two-thirds of average, according to the National Weather Service's Middle Atlantic River Forercast Center.

The desert regions also reach into Camden County, where July rainfall is about 30 percent of average, and Gloucester Counties, where it's about one-fourth of what it should be, according to the river center.

These dry spells do happen. Sometimes it seems that every front comes through dry and every stray thunderstorm goes somewhere else.

Showers are in the forecast from Thursday to Sunday, but they will be hit or miss; lately, it has been mostly the latter.


Tony Wood Inquirer Weather Columnist
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