The story of the summer so far has been the heat and dry weather. Rainfall in June was 25% of average for most areas. Griffiss was the 10th driest on record for the month of June, with only 1.35" (most of that fell in the last week). We saw a four day heat wave (temperatures in the 90s) in the middle of the month.
This combination of conditions has lead to minor drought conditions in the middle and end of June. The latest map from NOAA continues the abnormally dry conditions for our area. The dought has turned severe in Northern New York. This region has been hit particularly hard.
What exactly does this mean? In addition to lawns turning brown, the water table is much lower than average. That means small streams and creeks run dry, with low water levels for rivers, lakes, and ponds. Some wells also run dry. It's been a long time since our area had a severe drought.
Game changing rain last weekend
The most severe part of the dry spell was in late June. Since then, we've had some rainfall events, not enough to improve the drought, but enough to keep it from getting worse. The game changing rain happened over the weekend. Our entire area saw a soaking 2-4" of rainfall. This made a significant dent in the low water levels. While we could still use more rainfall, this was a huge step in the right direction.
The weather pattern turns hot again this weekend, with temperatures back in the 90s. However, beyond the weekend, we have several chances for rain. The overall pattern favors wet weather in the northeast.