Drought turns severe for parts of CNY

A long term drought has turned severe for the North Country.

Posted: Oct 15, 2020 5:59 PM
Updated: Oct 15, 2020 9:25 PM

Fall has not brought relief, yet, in terms of rainfall. The unusually dry month of September has enhanced the drought for our area. The North Country is now considered in severe drought. This drought is a long term signficant drop in the water table. The water level on Delta Lake is about 13 feet below the dam. It is typically lower in the fall, but this is much, much lower than usual.

It's important to point out that the drought is much less severe in the Mohawk Valley, and almost non existent south of the Mohawk Valley. This is due to the impacts of Tropical storm Isiais that brought heavy rain to the region in August. Also, severe weather, in general, was stronger and more widespread south and east of Utica this summer, meaning heavier rainfall from thunderstorms.

As we move forward, it's important to remember that cooler weather will slow the progress of drought. Drought is not just a matter of rainfall, but also temperature. Cooler weather means less evaporation of water. Also, there's no advantage of snow over rainfall - both are beneficial to reducing the effects of a drought.

Since this is a long term drought, it will take a long term change in the weather pattern to get things back to normal.

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