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Radio Smart Talk for Friday, April 27:
Extreme is a good word to describe the midstate's weather over the past year. Maybe the region hasn't experienced the devastating extremes of widespread tornados or droughts like some other areas of the country, but for a moderate climate like Central Pennsylvania, the past 12 months have been unusual.
Last year was one the wettest on record in some Pennsylvania communities. All you have to is remember last fall's flooding after Tropical Storm Lee that resulted in millions of dollars in damage. Then came a winter that was almost snowless -- that is excerpt for a bizarre snowstorm on October 29. The winter was warmer than normal too.
The dry, mild winter left the Susquehanna River at its lowest level since 1910 and 1946 -- two years that resulted in droughts.
This time last week, a drought seemed to be a real possibility. Then it rained earlier this week. Is that rainfall enough to take us out of danger?
We'll find out on Friday's Radio Smart Talk when we're joined by Susan Weaver, the drought coordinator with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and John Balay, the manager of planning and operation with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.
Also, WITF's Pick of the Month with the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is Silver Like Dust: One Family's Story of America's Japanese Internment. Author Kimi unningham Grant describes her family's fascinating history.
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