Syracuse, N.Y. — Heavy rains in the past week in Upstate New York eased dry conditions across much of the state, but didn’t do much for areas that are in a moderate drought. A week ago, 52 percent of the state was considered “abnormally dry,” the step before a drought is declared. This week, according to today’s report by the U.S. Drought Monitor, that has dropped to just 20 percent. Much of the mid-section of Upstate, from Buffalo to Albany, had enough rain to reach normal status. At the same time, the 20 percent of the state considered to be in a drought last week remains that way. The two regions still in a moderate drought, the lowest of four drought categories, are: Niagara and Orleans counties; and a swath from Tug Hill through the Adirondacks. According to the monitor, a moderate drought can lead to some damage to crops, low wells and streams, and water shortages. Up to 2 inches of rain could fall in Upstate New York over the next week, but the heaviest rain is likely to fall in the Catskills and Hudson Valley. Contact Glenn Coin: Email | Twitter | Google + | (315) 470-3251
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