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News Journal: High temps, low rainfall in Delaware threaten drought

Hurricane season rolls in Monday with Delaware and parts of the Mid-Atlantic headed for warmer, drier-than-normal conditions – early signs in some areas of serious drought. Northern and southern Delaware are both ending the month with temperatures 4.5 to 5 degrees above average, rainfall only about two-thirds of normal and above-normal temperatures predicted through mid-June.

Area streams were running near or below half the typical level for this time of year, according to federal gauges.

"This is the time of year, the beginning of June, when you can start to see what we're in for in the summer," said Gerald Kauffman, a University of Delaware professor and Delaware's water supply coordinator.

"It's dry. We're getting down to some of the streamflows in May that we had in the late 1990s, when we had a multiyear drought," Kauffman said.