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Drought Conditions Persist in the Northeast Despite Recent Rain

(WBNG) -- Much needed relief in the form of rain arrived Monday morning as a low pressure made it's slow approach on the northeast. Since earlier this year, much of the northeast has been dealing with drought conditions. As of 8AM on October 6, about 50% of the region is experiencing a moderate drought. Some of the worst drought conditions have been observed in southern New England where cities such as Boston, Providence, and Hartford are all faced with a precipitation deficit of more than ten inches for 2020 so far (October 13).

Although Binghamton is near average for rainfall year to date (October 13), much of the cities rainfall came during the Spring months. Since then, drier conditions have prevailed.

With Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins, & Cortland counties all considered to be under a moderate drought, what does that mean exactly? During moderate droughts in upstate New York the use of irrigation is typically needed in order to keep lawns green along with an elevated risk for brush or wild fires. In the fall, leaf foliage can be impacted as trees become stressed due to the drier than normal conditions. As a result, the fall colors may appear a bit more dull on top of peak foliage occurring sooner and ending quicker.

Susquehanna River in Johnson City. The river is running below, to well below, average.

A new Drought Monitor update will be released Thursday morning with no major improvements expected. Nevertheless, there is more rain in the forecast come Friday which will help curve some of the Southern Tiers' recent rainfall deficit.

Jason Doris

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