Looking at the Schuylkill this morning at Norristown gave life to the concept of rock bottom, testimony to the exraordinary dryness that spread throughout the Midatlantic and Northeast.
The U.S. Geological Survey has the flow at 677 cubic feet per second, or about 22 percent of the median level. The water is so low that rocky have emerged in the river bed.
Chester County has declared a ban on open burning, as has Lancaster County, according to the William Penn Forestry District.
As we noted, based on records dating to 1872, the first 15 weeks of the year have been the second-driest such period. And, yes, it also was the warmest.