STREAMING NOW: Watch Now
CLOSINGS: View Closings

Abnormally dry September

A Drought Monitor is in effect for portions of our area this month due to abnormally dry weather.

Posted: Sep 25, 2020 6:33 PM

It's been a very dry September. We've had little to no rain the entire month. Because of this, there is a Drought Monitor in effect right now.

Most of our area is still under abnormally dry conditions this week. And some spots are under a moderate drought right now as well. This Drought Monitor map is issued by the National Drought Mitigation Center. It is updated once a week. This is the current map for the week of September 16th through the 22nd. Most of the area is under the yellow shading, which is abnormally dry conditions. If we zoom into Northern Oneida County, there is a moderate drought in effect. This is for locations such as Boonville, West Leyden, and Mohawk Hill.

These dry conditions have persisted through September. Most of the month had no rainfall. Only six days with a trace to 0.03" of rain. And really only one day with a good soaking rain of 0.8" of rainfall. This makes up nearly 90% of the months total rainfall, which is still under 1.0" right now.

September 2020 could set a record for the top 10 Driest September's. First place comes in at 0.74" recorded in 1974 and the record for tenth place is currently at 1.49" set in 1932.

The reason for this dry stretch of weather is the location of the jet stream. It is much further north than it usually is for this time of year. Weather systems that bring us rain, travel along the jet stream. But this September, they were dragged north before they could reach us. The good news is that next week the jet stream will dip further south bringing some much needed rain. But we look to stay dry for the weekend, then the rain arrives on Monday.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 503176

Reported Deaths: 33444
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens769807294
Kings755177393
Bronx555274991
Nassau498412208
Suffolk491982019
Westchester405541470
New York362243198
Rockland18024683
Richmond173591096
Orange13672505
Erie13161713
Monroe7386300
Dutchess5508163
Onondaga5498207
Albany3660136
Broome362083
Oneida2769128
Ulster253195
Niagara2088101
Putnam182563
Sullivan178648
Chemung17773
Schenectady157950
Saratoga136517
Rensselaer111042
Steuben102557
Chautauqua95513
Columbia72138
Ontario67935
Tioga65330
Tompkins6320
Oswego6314
Madison57017
Cortland5530
Cattaraugus5176
Wayne5125
Greene50718
Warren46133
Orleans41254
Chenango4087
Cayuga4052
St. Lawrence4054
Otsego4045
Genesee3965
Herkimer39410
Fulton36324
Washington33814
Allegany3141
Livingston3138
Montgomery2704
Clinton2485
Jefferson2110
Essex1990
Wyoming1925
Delaware1787
Seneca1473
Schuyler1350
Lewis1340
Yates1267
Schoharie1120
Franklin800
Hamilton170
Unassigned017
Utica
Overcast
36° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 31°
Oneonta
Overcast
34° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 29°
Herkimer
Overcast
36° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 31°
Thendara
Overcast
36° wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 31°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
VOTE OCTOBER 22-30
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left