Rite of spring: Flood watch

At least it’s not a “winter storm” watch, but a nasty storm is going to affect the region tomorrow and Sunday, and areas not that far from here might even end up seeing some snow.

The National Weather Service’s flood watch is in effect from 2 p.m. Saturday until Sunday evening and covers all of eastern Pennsylvania and most of Jersey north of Trenton.

The heaviest rains are expected Saturday night into Sunday morning, with stiff, gusty north and northwest winds returning on Sunday as a storm tracks off the Jersey Coast.

The weather service says that some minor stream flooding is possible west of the Delaware, since the bulk of the rain could end up falling in a 12-hour period.

Fortunately, rainfall this month in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania neighboring counties has been from a third to half of normal.

And for all that snow, precipitation wasn’t all that far above normal in the region for the last three months.

It just so happened that a lot of it was snow, and it disappeared gently.