Parts Of New York Now In Extreme Drought

Parts Of New York Now In Extreme Drought

Water deficits starting to cause concern for fire, water shortages in the Empire State.

In the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, more than 6% of New York state is in extreme drought. This affects parts of Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Ontario, Livingston, Seneca, and Yates counties.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says 90-day deficits of 4 to 8 inches are common in Western New York as well as coastal New England, and 8- to 12-inch deficits in 6 months.

“In western New York, wells in Genesee County had gone dry or had reduced pressure, while officials in Ithaca, NY, stated on July 27 that if significant rains did not fall soon, the town and Cornell University could be out of water in the next 30 days as their municipal water sources at Falls and Six Mile Creeks were at record low levels,” writes David Miskus, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC, in the latest Drought Monitor report.

NYUp.com reports the last time New York was in a drought was in 2002.

The Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports Naples, NY, Fire Chief Patrick Elwell has cautioned local growers to be on the lookout for the potential for farm equipment to spark fires which could spread quickly.

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