2018-08-04 / Viewpoints


Record Rainfall

Dear editor:

My record book for July 2018 was a record-breaker. The month started out very warm with temperatures in the 80 and 90s. On July 4, we celebrated by having a morn­ing long severe thunderstorm with constant heavy rainfall. In 2.5 hours, I measured 4.92 inches.

In my 50 years as the National Weather Service Observer, that is the most rainfall I have ever measured in a 24-hour period. We had some roads flooded and wash­outs. Then we had 10 days of beautiful summer weather,

From then on we had some sunny, warm days. However, a very moist system came north out of the Gulf and was held in place by a high pressure off the East Coast. This situation focused heavy rain and storms from south­ern Pennsylvania through the middle of the state and, of course, our area. Hershey, Harrisburg and other areas experienced significant flood­ing. It is very unusual for our region to have so much sum­mertime moisture.

For the month we received 11.96 inches of rainfall. This is the greatest monthly rainfall I have ever mea­sured. In looking back over my 50 years of records, the next closest was in June 1994, when I measured 10.32 inches. Last year, we received 3.83 inches.

The average high tempera­ture for July was 80 degrees and the average low was 58. We had 15 foggy mornings and six thunderstorms.

Pine Creek has been nearly bank full for several days. The water has cleared and looks very nice for kayaking and rafters.

The first week of August looks like another wet one.

Henry W. Lush

Backpack requests

Dear editor:

To Fill A Backpack program is now accepting requests for backpacks for the 2018-19 school year. Distri­bution is planned in Potter, Cameron, McKean, Tioga, Bradford, and Lycoming counties.

We ask that requests be made online through Face­book under To Fill A Back­pack, or by email at info@tofillabackpack.org.

All backpacks must be picked up. Due to cost and time factors, we are no longer able to deliver backpacks. We receive more than 500 requests and we work solely from donations and volun­teers.

If you do not have internet access, you can call 814-544- 2612 between 9 am and 8 pm and leave a message. We need to know the number of bags that you are requesting as well as gender and what grade each student is in. Be sure to leave the town where you are located along with a contact phone number.

We prefer that everyone use the request form because it feeds all the requests into a spreadsheet used when filling the backpacks on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Roulette Fire­hall. If you would like to pick up your backpacks, you can stop at the firehall between 11 am and 1 pm.

Anyone who is interested in helping to prepare the backpacks that day is asked to arrive by 10 am.

Andy Kulp
To Fill A Backpack

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