2.11 inches of rain raises creeks, river

“No foolin’, ” the week ahead may make people believe Mother Nature is finished with her winter wrath.

Average daily high temperatures over the next six days are expected to be in the mid- to upper 50s, with partly sunny to cloudy skies and a chance of mid- and late-week showers.

Over the weekend, the end of March brought a storm with rain, wind gusts up to 40 mph and precipitation that swelled local streams and the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. The National Weather Service in State College reported that Williamsport got 2.11 inches since Friday, including a March 29 daily-record 1.72 inches.

The Susquehanna River reading at the Carl E. Stotz Memorial Bridge on Market Street rose from 3.63 feet at 5:30 p.m. Friday to 9.13 feet as of 8:15 p.m. Sunday.

As a result of the storm, the yearly precipitation deficit dropped to 1.21 inches.

Also, at 7:58 p.m. Sunday, a transformer blew due to wind-blown arcing wires on Elliott Street in Loyalsock Township and resulted in a power outage to 1,296 PPL customers.

Sunshine was forecast to return today with a high of 54 degrees. The temperature tonight will drop to close to 30.

It will continue to be breezy, with wind gusts up to 23 mph, according to the weather service website.

Looking ahead, it looks to be pleasant temperature-wise Tuesday, April Fools Day, through Thursday, with highs each day in the mid- to upper 50s. Lows at night will be above freezing.

There is a slight chance of rain Wednesday, with increasing chances of rain later Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Sunday should be sunny, with a high near 52.

With a frigid winter and seemingly endless snow, insects and deforestation were discussed by an official with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The below normal temperatures and snow cover proved to be a strong ally for state woodland managers battling the top enemy of state hemlocks, but the reprieve could be short-lived.

“The hemlock woolly adelgid has been dealt a deadly blow, ongoing forest research is showing us, but enough of the invasive insects remain to present a future threat to our invaluable state tree – the Eastern hemlock,” said DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti.

“Cold weather has been helpful, in some cases killing all of the invasive insects in selected study areas, but it hasn’t changed the long-term impact this insect will have on hemlock.”